ERIC Number: ED200735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Adult Participation in Education: Past Trends and Some Projections for the 1980s. Worker Education and Training Policies Report.
During the 1970s, unprecedented numbers of American adults returned to school. The reasons for this growth and what trends in adult education can be projected for the future are the subject of this policy research monograph. The monograph began with the question, "What will the clientele and scale of adult education likely be in 1990 if present trends continue and if there are no marked changes in the way work institutions, education institutions, and American workers behave toward adult education?" The report is a portrayal of the next ten years of adult education, assuming continuation of past trends in participation for various age, sex, race, educational attainment, and income groupings in the population. It assumes no significant change in the way major work and educational institutions value and support worklife education opportunity. These projections suggest a future of widening disparity in educational attainment between majority and minority population, between the more affluent and the less afluent, younger and older adults, and between high educational achievers and those with low prior educational attainments. (KC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Students, Age, Blacks, Definitions, Demography, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Opportunities, Educational Trends, Enrollment Trends, Family Income, Females, Futures (of Society), Males, Nontraditional Students, Participant Characteristics, Postsecondary Education, Race, Sex, Socioeconomic Status, Statistics, Student Characteristics, Trend Analysis, Whites, Work Environment
National Institute for Work and Learning, Suite 301, 1211 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036 (Order No.: PRM 11, $10.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Work and Learning, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents see CE 028 398-411.