ERIC Number: ED478439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Mapping the Iceberg. NALL Working Paper.
A survey of 1,500 Canadian adults looked at the full range of adults' learning activities, including informal learning related to employment, community volunteer work, household work, and other general interest. Findings indicated those in the labor force, or expecting to be in soon, participated in informal learning related to current or prospective future employment such as the following: informal learning projects to keep up with new general job or career knowledge, informal employment-related computer learning, and learning new job tasks, problem-solving and communication skills, occupational safety and health, and new technologies. Those involved in community volunteer work participated in related informal learning on interpersonal, communication, and organizational or managerial skills, and social issues. Those involved in household work participated in related informal learning on home renovations and gardening, home cooking, and home maintenance. Most people participated in informal learning related to their general interests, such as health and well being, environmental issues, finances, hobby skills, social skills, public issues, computers, and sports and recreation. Participation in all forms of schooling and continuing education increased dramatically over the past two generations; educational attainment of the active labor force increased accordingly. Major barriers to course participation were inconvenient times or places; no time; family responsibilities; and expense. (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adults, Continuing Education, Educational Background, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Home Economics, Independent Study, Informal Education, Job Skills, Learning Activities, Lifelong Learning, National Surveys, Participation, Postsecondary Education, Recreational Activities, Student Educational Objectives, Vocational Education, Volunteer Training, Volunteers
For full text: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/depts/sese/csew/nall/res/54DavidLivin gstone.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. New Approaches to Lifelong Learning.
Identifiers - Location: Canada