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ERIC Number: EJ836268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1934-2322
Low-Education Adults' Participation in Informal Learning Activities: Relationships with Selected Demographic Characteristics
Smith, M. Cecil; Smith, Thomas J.
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v2 n2 p67-73 Sum 2008
This study investigated informal learning activities among low-education adults, using data from the 2005 National Household Education Survey. Survey respondents were asked about their participation in six types of informal learning activities, from reading books to using computers to attending conventions. Respondents with the lowest educational attainment were found to be least likely to participate in informal learning. Age, ethnic/racial, and gender differences in informal learning were also observed. Informal learning may lead some low-education adults to participate in formal education programs. Thus, ABE teachers should be aware of the significance of informal learning in adult learners' lives. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests; National Household Education Survey