ERIC Number: ED477818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Older People and Learning--Some Key Statistics. NIACE Briefing Sheet.
National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
This briefing sheet provides a summary of statistics (primarily from United Kingdom and Dutch surveys) that relate to the participation of older people in learning. It provides evidence of current participation, recent trends, types of learning in which older people are involved, future intentions, and correlation between learning in later life and initial education. References for the surveys can be found at the end of the briefing sheet, along with the definitions of learning used. Twenty surveys and statistics are listed. (Key findings include the following: participation in learning declines with age, falling dramatically for those aged 65 and over; the number of learners aged 75 and over fell by a third between 1996-2002; older learners participate in non-vocational, non-accredited courses; older learners prefer daytime classes; the number of older learners involved in higher education is minimal; the earlier a person left school, the less likely he or she is subsequently to undertake any form of formal learning; those with a lower educational level run a greater risk of ending up in an institution than those with a higher education and at a somewhat younger age; and according to a Dutch forecast, changes in educational level of older people occur only through the replacement of older, less educated cohorts by younger, better-educated cohorts, rather than as a result of adult education, migration, or difference in life expectancy.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Aging (Individuals), Dropouts, Educational Attainment, Educational Background, Educational Experience, Educational Status Comparison, Enrollment Trends, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, Older Adults, Participant Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.niace.org.uk/information/Briefing_sheets/Older_Learner s_Stats.htm.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands; United Kingdom (England)