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ERIC Number: EJ778889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0883-0355
Revisiting Major Determinants of Participation in Adult Education with a Direct Measure of Literacy Skills
Boudard, Emmanuel; Rubenson, Kjell
International Journal of Educational Research, v39 n3 p265-281 2003
The purpose of this article is to investigate major determinants of participation in adult education. Specifically, a direct measure of literacy skills available in the International Adult Literacy Survey is included. Interpreted as a measure of human capital, it is expected that literacy skills are at least as important a predictor of participation in adult education and training as educational attainment. The findings however do not support this expectation. Instead educational attainment remains the most important factor predicting participation in adult education and training. The models in this article are based on the idea that readiness to learn is formed early in life and further developed through educational and work experiences. Factors that are hypothesised to influence participation in adult education and training are separated into factors associated with the long arm of the family and the long arm of the job. The findings indicate the long arm of the family plays an important role, which supports early intervention, especially during the formal schooling years. The results also highlight the strong link between the use of literacy skills at work and participation in adult education and training.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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