ERIC Number: ED476899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The NIACE Survey on Adult Participation in Learning, 2002.
Aldridge, Fiona; Tuckett, Alan
Adult participation in learning in England and across the nations of the United Kingdom was examined in 2002, and the survey findings were compared to those of earlier surveys. Overall, 42% of the 4,896 people interviewed in the weighted sample survey of adults aged 17 and over reported having engaged in learning in the past 3 years. For the first time in 20 years, the survey showed participation by women equaling that by men. Although overall participation in 2002 was lower than in 2001, participation among individuals between the ages of 20 and 24, unemployed people, and others who were not working rose over the year. Adults in professional and managerial groups were more than twice as likely as the poorest, least skilled, and retired adults in the United Kingdom to participate in learning. Just 27% of the 2, 627 people with no access to the Internet reported current or recent participation in learning in contrast to 58% of those with home and work access to the Internet (2,064) and 71% of the 141 people with Internet access only at work. Nearly four in five current/recent learners expected to participate in learning in the next 3 years, whereas 85% of those who reported not participating in learning since full-time education thought it unlikely that they would participate in learning in the future. (Contains 21 tables/figures.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Age Differences, Educational Attitudes, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Females, Foreign Countries, Internet, Learning Motivation, Males, Participation, Postsecondary Education, Sex Differences, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Womens Education
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education,Renaissance House, 20 Princess Road West, Leicester LE1 6TP, United Kingdom, Web site: http://www.niace.org.uk (6.95 British pounds).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom