ERIC Number: ED338907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Learning &"Leisure": A Study of Adult Participation in Learning and Its Policy Implications.
In February 1990, the largest national sample survey of adult participation in learning ever undertaken in Great Britain was conducted. Interviews were conducted with 4,608 people aged 17 and over in England, Wales, and Scotland. The research was designed to provide comparable information to the largest previous study, which was carried out 10 years earlier. Reading slightly increased its position at the top of the list of main leisure activities. One in 10 adults was engaged in some form of current study. More men than women were engaged in current or recent study. Younger adults dominated the formal education and training system. The major factor affecting participation continued to be social class. People studied a variety of subjects, although vocationally related subjects dominated the list. More people were trying to learn about or teach themselves something informally (17 percent) than were participating in study (10 percent). Subjects of informal study included computers and foreign languages. Average time spent per week was 9.3 hours. The majority studied over a long time period. Educational institutions were the main venue for adult students. Increased interest in home-based learning was evident. There was no obvious pattern to the marked differences between Scotland, Wales, and the English regions in leisure habits. Nearly one-half wanted to learn about something they had not previously studied. Nearly two-thirds of interviewees were not studying or learning. (Appendixes include materials on the data collection methods, the survey itself, and data analysis tables.) A list of 28 references is included. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Foreign Countries, Home Study, Leisure Time, Nonformal Education, Nontraditional Education, Participant Characteristics, Participation, Recreation, Recreational Reading
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 19B De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GE, England (12.95 pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers: Great Britain