The best laid plans: educational pathways of adult learners in Toronto

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Author: Robson, Karen; Anisef, Paul; Brown, Robert S.


In this paper, we examine the post-secondary plans and attainment of adult learners in Toronto, Ontario. We first describe the population of adult learners in Canada's largest city, describing how they are largely made up of immigrants who use the continuing education adult day programs at the Toronto District School Board to upgrade their skills. We hypothesize that the adult day schools are a stepping stone for entering post-secondary programs in Ontario and find that the vast majority of students surveyed indicated that they wished to pursue college or university. However, an...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Demographics; Adult and community education; Higher education; Outcomes

Keywords: Postsecondary education; Migrants; Academic achievement; Transition from secondary to further education and training; Nontraditional students; Barrier

Geographic subjects: Canada; North America

Published: Nova Scotia, Canada: Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, 2017

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Journal volume: 29

Journal number: 1

Journal date: January 2017

Pages: pp. 1-18

ISSN: 1925-993X (online)

Includes abstract in French

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 137.1117

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