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ERIC Number: EJ1165164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-7136
The Forgotten 90%: Adult Nonparticipation in Education
Patterson, Margaret Becker
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v68 n1 p41-62 Feb 2018
Despite a highly developed U.S. adult education system, 90% of adults aged 20 years and older considered the least educated did not participate recently in formal or nonformal education. What are nonparticipants' characteristics, learning backgrounds, and skill levels? What predicts their likelihood of "not" participating in recent formal or nonformal education? The author analyzed 2012/2014 Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies--USA data. Situational deterrents of increasing age, parental education, low income, and work and family responsibilities contribute to nonparticipation. Dispositional deterrents include health and disability challenges, low social trust, and difficulties relating new ideas to real life. Institutional deterrents are education costs and little work schedule flexibility. Supports reported by nonparticipants are liking to learn new things, use of computers, and getting information from television and people they trust. Results from Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies--USA analyses inform adult and postsecondary educators and policy makers on what happened to--and how to reach--the forgotten 90%. [This paper was presented on April 2017 at American Educational Research Association conference, San Antonio, Texas.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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