ERIC Number: ED431891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Adult Education Participation Decisions and Barriers: Review of Conceptual Frameworks and Empirical Studies. Working Paper Series.
Silva, Tim; Cahalan, Margaret; Lacireno-Paquet, Natalie
In preparation for the next National Household Education Survey (NHES), the conceptual frameworks of participatory behavior and methods used by other researchers to study factors promoting or inhibiting participation were examined. The following items were reviewed: the adult education (AE) barriers questions included on the 1991 and 1995 editions of the NHES; 33 empirical studies of participation/nonparticipation in AE and activities other than AE; and examples of conceptual frameworks from selected areas (economics, social psychology, leisure studies, health research, AE, theories of change, dropout and attrition studies, the time allocation literature, and studies of consumer choice behavior). The option of drawing upon multiple models when developing the AE component of the next NHES was deemed superior to the single-framework option. The following key variables were recommended for consideration for possible inclusion in the NHES: demographic/background characteristics; life events and transitions; past participation in AE; other participatory behavior; co-participants; physical and mental health; intentions; perceptions of barriers; perceptions of benefits; motivations; reference group opinions; attitudes/opinions toward education; and role of technology and availability of other options to formal AE courses. (Thirty-eight tables/figures/exhibits are included. The report contains 98 references. Appended are abstracts of all 33 empirical studies reviewed; each contains the following: citation, objective/purpose/goal, type of activity, research method, subjects, structural/technical issues, and conclusions/implications.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Decision Making, Educational Research, Literature Reviews, Models, Predictor Variables, Research Design, Research Methodology, Student Participation
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Household Education Survey