Plain Language Summaries: Adult Education in North America - International Perspectives (2007)

This paper is one in a series of documents providing plain-language summaries of a number of online research documents from Statistics Canada. It is part of a project carried out by the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD), with funding from the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL).

The author examines a study analyzing participation in adult education, based on the results of the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) conducted between 1994 and 1998. The study used 15 indicators to compare the functioning of training markets with those in other advanced countries.

The principal finding is that adults in both Canada and the United States had become more involved in formal education and training by the mid 1990s. However, non-participants in adult education far outnumbered those involved in such training in both countries, suggesting that while the importance of education and training is recognized, the majority of working-age adults either lack the necessary resources or are not willing to become involved further education.

The analysis raises questions about the adequacy of current levels of investment in adult education and training in North America and points the need for public policies aimed at increasing participation rates.

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T. Scott Murray. Plain Language Summaries: Adult Education in North America - International Perspectives 2007. Web. 6 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/stats/aepna/summary/boudard.pdf>
T. Scott Murray (2007). Plain Language Summaries: Adult Education in North America - International Perspectives. Retrieved August 6, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/stats/aepna/summary/boudard.pdf
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