Exploring attitudes towards adult learning and education: group patterns among participants and non-participants

Kalenda, J., Boeren, E. and Kočvarová, I. (2023) Exploring attitudes towards adult learning and education: group patterns among participants and non-participants. Studies in Continuing Education, (doi: 10.1080/0158037x.2023.2199201) (Early Online Publication)

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Based on contemporary theories of participation, attitudes toward Adult Learning and Education (ALE) are considered crucial determinants predicting adults’ involvement in further education. However, their investigation is usually not empirically systematic and theoretically grounded. For this reason, the article analyses attitudes to ALE based on a novel approach – the triadic model of culture by Lizardo. We present a conceptualisation of attitudes to ALE, inspired by this model, distinguishing between (1) public, (2) personal declarative, and (3) personal non-declarative dimensions of attitudes. Based on that, we show the empirical results of a representative survey among adult population (25–69 years) in the Czech Republic (n = 1200). In this regard, we map differences in attitudes between participants and nonparticipants and results of a cluster analysis to identify main groups with similar attitudes toward ALE. Our findings confirm the employed theoretical concept and identify significant differences between participants and nonparticipants. Beyond that, we identify four clusters of adults with distinctive attitudes of which all contain a different mixture of participants and nonparticipants: (1) adults with positive attitudes; (2) adults with personal obligations toward ALE; (3) adults who see the public value of ALE; (4) adults with negative attitudes.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by Internal project for the development of the research organisation:Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on learning in target groups.
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kalenda, Dr Jan and Boeren, Professor Ellen
Authors: Kalenda, J., Boeren, E., and Kočvarová, I.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Studies in Continuing Education
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1470-126X
Published Online:16 April 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
First Published:First published in Studies in Continuing Education 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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