Participation in adult education: Attitude and barriers

Boeren, E. (2011) Participation in adult education: Attitude and barriers. US-China Education Review A, 1(3), pp. 369-382.

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In this paper, we control the intention theory of Fishbein and Ajzen (1980) for the participation in an adult education course. Based on the Flemish Eurostat Adult Education Survey, we reveal that participants in adult education have a more positive attitude towards learning and that within the group of non-participants, those who formulate an intention to participate score higher on attitude scales than non-participants without intention. The main reasons for non-participation are related to time squeeze and although the model of Fishbein and Ajzen (1980) stresses the importance of attitude, barriers are more than the mask of a poor attitude. Education policy and practice should therefore help adults in overcoming these obstacles.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boeren, Professor Ellen
Authors: Boeren, E.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:US-China Education Review A
Publisher:David Publishing
ISSN (Online):1930-1529
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