ERIC Number: ED476493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Learning and Social Division: A Persistent Pattern. A Report of the Findings of a UK-Wide Survey on Adult Participation in Education and Learning Carried Out for NIACE by Research Surveys of Great Britain (RSGB).
Sargant, Naomi; Aldridge, Fiona
Adult participation in learning in the United Kingdom in 2002 was examined in a survey of a representative sample of 4,896 adults who were selected using a random location sampling method that involved dividing the study area into 600 areas of equal proportion. The findings from the 2002 survey were compared with those of surveys conducted in 1996 and 1999. Key findings were as follows: (1) the findings of the 2002 survey showed a high degree of stability with the 1996 and 1999 surveys and confirmed that the United Kingdom is still facing an enormous task of involving all its people in the learning society and narrowing the learning divide between the learning-rich and learning-poor; (2) for most adults, participation in learning remained a matter of choice and that had to be fitted into work, family, and other interests/obligations; and (3) virtually all learning leisure interests and activities were engaged in by proportionally more of the higher socioeconomic classes than the lower ones. (Ninety-four tables/figures are included. The following items are appended: a description of the survey and sampling method; a guide to socioeconomic class; notes on the tables; an analysis of the weighted and unweighted samples; lists of the study regions; and the questionnaire. The bibliography lists 23 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Educational Attitudes, Educational Trends, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Foreign Countries, Learning Motivation, Life Style, Lifelong Learning, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Social Stratification, Socioeconomic Status, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Student Surveys
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, Renaissance House, 20 Princess Road West, Leicester LE1 6TP, United Kingdom. Web site: http://www.niace.org.uk (24.95 British pounds).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom