ERIC Number: ED468442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Learning, Continuity and Change in Adult Life. Wider Benefits of Learning Research Report.
Schuller, Tom; Brassett-Grundy, Angela; Green, Andy; Hammond, Cathie; Preston, John
The relationship between learning and continuity and change in adult life was explored in a study involving 140 in-depth biographical interviews of adult learners in 3 different areas of England and case studies of 6 adult learners. The study methodology was based on a triangular conceptualization according to which personal identity, human capital, and social capital constitute the apices of a triangle encompassing 12 categories of benefits derived from learning. The study established that initial education has a variety of effects beyond the crucial effects on subsequent life changes and earnings that have been well documented elsewhere. Education was shown to provide structure to people's lives and the confidence, skills, and opportunity to access knowledge relevant to new situations. Family members' participation in learning benefitted the rest of their families in numerous ways. Little evidence of education directly improving physical health was found; however, participation in education promoted civic activity and development of social capital and social cohesion. Policymakers were advised to give greater recognition to the sustaining effect of education on personal lives and the social fabric and to the benefits of family learning programs and nonaccredited and local courses. Information about respondents' background characteristics and the interview topic guides are appended. (Contains 23 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Career Change, Case Studies, Educational Attitudes, Educational Benefits, Educational Environment, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Foreign Countries, Individual Development, Learning Experience, Lifelong Learning, Models, Nonformal Education, Participant Characteristics, Personal Narratives, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Research Methodology, Role of Education, Social Change, Social Integration
The Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL (7 British pounds). For full text: ftp://cls.ioe.ac.uk/pub/Wbl/Acrobat/ResRep3.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department for Education and Skills, London (England).
Authoring Institution: London Univ. (England). Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)