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Was it worth it? A comparison of the role of adult education and training in the labour market insertion and progress of men and women in the West of Scotland: results of qualitative research

Clayton, P. (2000) Was it worth it? A comparison of the role of adult education and training in the labour market insertion and progress of men and women in the West of Scotland: results of qualitative research. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 19 (3). pp. 199-214. ISSN 0260-1370 (doi:10.1080/026013700293250)

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Abstract

Despite a number of relevant longitudinal studies carried out in Sweden, Finland, Norway and the United States of America, there is a relative paucity of research into the long-term outcomes of adult return to learning. This paper uses data from the first survey in Scotland into the long-term outcomes of adult learning (in this case, formal education/training) in order to explore the potential of adult learning for enhancing social citizenship, by facilitating labour market insertion and progress.The paper focuses particularly on an analysis of gender patterns. The issues addressed are: the extent to which respondents expected participation in adult education to benefit them in the labour market; whether labour-market-orientated participation in adult education brought positive occupational outcomes; the extent to which unintended labour market outcomes arose from participation in adult education; how women who undertook adult education did in labour market terms compared to men; to what extent personal perception of labour market progress was related to income; the kind of adult education which appeared to bring the most beneficial labour market outcomes; and any differences between men and women in this respect; and finally, the extent to which adult education appeared to promote greater social citizenship.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:adult education - outcomes - social citizenship - learning
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Clayton, Dr Pamela
Authors: Clayton, P.
Subjects:L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:International Journal of Lifelong Education
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:0260-1370
ISSN (Online):1464-519X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2000 Taylor & Francis
First Published:First published in International Journal of Lifelong Education 19(3):199-214
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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