ERIC Number: ED448286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Learning on Health.
Aldridge, Fiona; Lavender, Peter
A study was conducted of active adult learners in England to determine what impact, if any, there has been on their health as a result of learning. Data were obtained through a questionnaire mailed to 2,000 persons and 750 groups nominated for an Adult Learners' Week Award during 1998 and 1999. Provisions were made for sight-impaired respondents. Participants were asked about the general benefits of learning; unanticipated benefits of learning; "dis-benefits" of learning; learning and physical health; learning and mental and emotional health; and key influences. Questionnaires were returned by 473 individuals and 47 groups. Respondents varied in age from their early 20s to two who were over 90; more than half the respondents were aged 40-60; 70 percent of respondents were female; 40 percent were employed; 34 percent were not employed; and 23 percent were retired. Key findings include the following: (1) the greatest benefits experienced from learning are confidence, new friends and contact with other people, direct health benefits, and new employment or volunteer work; (2) unexpected benefits include self-confidence, personal discoveries, insight into relationships with other people, improvements at work, and new employment; (3) "dis-benefits" reported included stress and mental ill health, lack of time, fatigue, and insufficient money; (4) 87 percent of respondents reported benefits to their physical health and 89 percent felt they had experienced positive emotional or mental health benefits from learning. (Contains 11 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Educational Benefits, Foreign Countries, Health, Health Promotion, Influences, Outcomes of Education, Self Esteem, Stress Variables, Volunteers
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE11 7GE, United Kingdom, Web site: http://www.niace.org.uk (6 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)