ERIC Number: ED239030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Adult Participation in Lifelong Learning Activities in California.
Rose, Clare; Graesser, Cheryl C.
A study examined adult participation in lifelong learning activities in California. During the project, 354 telephone interviews were conducted with adults in nine cities in California. About 42 percent of those interviewed had participated in at least one course, class, or other organized learning activity during the previous year. As compared to nonparticipants, the average participant in adult learning activities was more likely to be under 55 years of age, live in a suburban city, have higher levels of education and income, and be employed full-time in a professional job. With respect to learning activities in the previous year, the average number of courses taken was three; about a fifth of these were business courses, and over three-fourths of them were taken on a part-time bsis. While over half of the courses were taken for credit and for job improvement or self-development, employers only paid for about 20 percent of them. Over half of those interviewed planned to participate in some learning activities in the coming year. Mentioned as the major barriers to lack of participation were lack of time and cost. The most desired supportive services were job placement, counseling, and financial aid. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Evaluation and Training Inst., Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers: California; Participation Rates