ERIC Number: ED423432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Adults Learning in Pre-schools.
The learning that parents accomplish through informal involvement in running preschool learning groups was examined through a survey of adults who were actively involved in a Pre-School Learning Alliance program in 1 of 10 locations throughout England. Of the 632 adults contacted, 311 (nearly 50%) completed questionnaires. Approximately 60 respondents across the different locations agreed to be interviewed by telephone. All but two respondents were women, just over 94% were of white European origin, and 66.5% were between 30 and 39 years old. Nearly half left school at age 16, 5.7% left school at age 15 or under, 36% left at age 18, and 3.8% left later. The majority of respondents believed that they were deriving important benefits from their connection with a preschool. Social contacts, interest in child development, and improved child-oriented skills were unanimously considered the main benefits derived from involvement with a preschool, with increased self-confidence and a range of personal skills being ranked lower in importance but still considered very significant. Several respondents said that, as a direct result of their involvement with a preschool, they wished or intended to work with children. (The questionnaire and telephone interview schedule are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Child Rearing, Educational Benefits, Foreign Countries, Intergenerational Programs, National Surveys, Nonformal Education, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Questionnaires, Social Development
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GE, United Kingdom (6 pounds).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium).
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)