Vocationalism varies (a lot): a 12-country multivariate analysis of participation in formal adult learning

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Author: Boeren, Ellen; Holford, John


To encourage adult participation in education and training, contemporary policy makers typically encourage education and training provision to have a strongly vocational (employment-related) character, while also stressing individuals' responsibility for developing their own learning. Adults' motivation to learn is not, however, purely vocational, it varies substantially, not only between individuals but between populations. This article uses regression analysis to explain motivation among 12,000 learners in formal education and training in 12 European countries. Although vocational...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Teaching and learning; Adult and community education; Vocational education and training; Skills and knowledge; Demographics; Participation; Policy; Research; Gender

Keywords: Adult learning; Formal learning; Learning motivation; Policy implications; Analysis

Geographic subjects: Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Czech Republic; England; Estonia; Hungary; Ireland; Lithuania; Russia; Scotland; Slovenia; Europe; Great Britain

Published: Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, 2016

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Journal title: Adult education quarterly

Journal volume: 66

Journal number: 2

Journal date: May 2016

Pages: pp. 120-142

ISSN: 0741-7136, 1552-3047 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 124.487

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