Participation in three adult learning settings: A brief comparative examination of data from 2010 (2012)

This report, prepared by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) in Ireland, analyzes and compares the findings from three research projects carried out in 2010.

The three projects were an evaluation of NALA’s distance learning service; data from the 2010 Adult Literacy Returns (ALR), which provide information on adult literacy services and participation rates; and a questionnaire administered with adult learners at a community education centre.

The comparison showed that there was considerable difference in gender participation across the three education settings, with more men than women engaged with the distance learning service, in comparison to the other two settings. By contrast, more women engaged with the other two services, a finding that supports national research showing that men have lower participation rates in all areas of adult education.

The analysis also showed that people aged 16 to 24 years and those 65 and older were less likely to be engaged in adult learning than their middle-aged counterparts; the majority of adults in literacy and community education had low or no formal educational qualifications; and adult learners reported high levels of unemployment.

Established in 1980, NALA is an independent charity committed to making sure people with literacy and numeracy difficulties can fully take part in society and have access to learning opportunities that meet their needs.

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National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). Participation in three adult learning settings: A brief comparative examination of data from 2010 2012. Web. 30 Nov. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/nala/learning_settings/learning_settings.pdf>
National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) (2012). Participation in three adult learning settings: A brief comparative examination of data from 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/nala/learning_settings/learning_settings.pdf
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