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Cincinnato, Sebastiano; De Wever, Bram; Van Keer, Hilde; Valcke, Martin – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2016
In this article, we address the issue of participation in adult education building on the cultural capital framework. This theoretical framework suggests that (educational) practices are affected by one's social background and, more precisely, by the cultural resources handed down in the family context. To examine the validity of this theoretical…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Socioeconomic Background, Cultural Capital, Participation
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Desjardins, Richard; Rubenson, Kjell – European Journal of Education, 2013
This article focuses on evidence regarding cross-national patterns of participation in adult education and an interpretation of these patterns from an institutional and public policy perspective. The interpretation follows from the perspective that sustaining high and widely distributed levels of investment in the development and maintenance of…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Public Policy, Educational Policy, Coordination
Reder, Stephen, Ed.; Bynner, John, Ed. – Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2011
Understanding the origins of poor literacy and numeracy skills in adulthood and how to improve them is of major importance when society places a high premium on proficiency in these basic skills. This edited collection brings together the results of recent longitudinal studies that greatly extend our knowledge of what works in raising skill…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Educational Development, Academic Persistence, Numeracy
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Yanow, Wendy – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2010
In the United States there is such incredible complacency about both the meaning of democracy and America's position as the great democratic nation that there is very little, if any, public debate on what is meant by democracy and what responsibilities Americans bear as a democratic nation. In response to the editors' growing recognition of the…
Descriptors: Democracy, Adult Education, Governance, Criticism
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Rubenson, Kjell; Desjardins, Richard – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2009
Quantitative and qualitative findings on barriers to participation in adult education are reviewed and some of the defining parameters that may explain observed national differences are considered. A theoretical perspective based on bounded agency is put forth to take account of the interaction between structurally and individually based barriers…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Participation, Surveys, Adult Learning
Hill, Robert J.; Daigle, Elizabeth Anne; Graybeal, Lesley; Walker, Wayland; Avalon, Christian; Fowler, Nan; Massey, Michael W. – Online Submission, 2008
This study is a review and a critique of the 2008 U.S. "National Report on the Development and State of the Art of Adult Learning and Education" (ALE) prepared by the U.S. Commission for UNESCO and the U.S. Department of Education as a preparatory document for CONFINTEA VI, the 6th International Conference on Adult Education. The study…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Politics of Education, Public Policy
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O'Donnell, Kevin; Chapman, Chris – National Center for Education Statistics, 2006
This report presents selected data on adults' participation in educational activities in the United States, excluding full-time only enrollments in college/university or vocational/technical credential programs, over a 12-month period from 2004-05. Historically, full-time only participation in postsecondary (college and vocational) programs has…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Participation, Adult Education, Individual Characteristics
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Minter, Chris – Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 2001
A critique of the British model for widening participation in lifelong learning, using research from the United States, Palestine, and Singapore, identified flaws: (1) reliance on single-loop learning; (2) assumptions that blame nonparticipants instead of program inadequacies; (3) mislabeling of target groups; (4) neglect of learning trajectories;…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning
This document contains three papers from a symposium on increasing participation in learning that was conducted as part of a conference on human resource development (HRD). "Factors Influencing Employee Participation in Training: An Empirical Investigation" (Reid A. Bates) reports on a mediated model of employee participation in training…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Administrators, Adult Education, Adult Learning
O'Connell, Philip J. – 1999
Data from the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) were analyzed to compare the incidence and volume of continuing education (CE) and training among adults in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The following were among the…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Programs, Age Differences
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Hamburg (Germany). Inst. for Education. – 1999
This booklet, which was produced as a follow-up to the Fifth International Conference on Adult Education, presents examples of key areas where research is currently being conducted by various public and nongovernmental agencies and recommends ways to enhance communication among researchers. The first 75% of the booklet reviews recent research on…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning
Gamble, Connolly – 1984
A study examined the participation of ordained ministers in continuing education. Of some 5,400 questionnaires mailed to ministers of 12 Protestant denominations who lived throughout the United States and Canada, 1,984 usable responses were returned. Based on these responses, it would appear that the typical survey respondent was a 45-year-old…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Clergy, Continuing Education
Naylor, Michele – 1985
Technological advancement has both facilitated and necessitated the development of distance education programming. In developing nations, distance education is often used to provide traditional education like that usually available in conventional institutions in the Western world. Whereas distance education in the Soviet Union focuses on…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Comparative Analysis, Consortia, Cooperative Planning
Nebraska Univ., Lincoln. Dept. of Adult and Continuing Education. – 1982
These proceedings of a conference on research in the field of adult education contain the texts of 40 conference papers and 4 symposia. Included among the areas examined in the individual reports are the following: education participation scale factor structure and correlates for 12,000 learners, a comparative analysis of adult education research…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). – 1979
This collection of studies focuses on the problem of non-participation in adult education. The collection is the third of four volumes presenting general and national studies of issues, problems, and trends in adult education. (See Note for other volumes in the series.) The first study presented, Motivation and Participation with Special Reference…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Attitude Change, Educational Attainment
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