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Title:  Recent Participation in Formal Learning Among Working-Age Adults with Different Levels of Education
Description: This issue brief uses data from the 2001 and 2005 adult education surveys of the National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) to examine the participation of adults in formal learning activities during the 12 months preceding the survey, focusing on the participation of adults who at the end of the survey had the lowest levels of education (no high school diploma, or a GED). These adults with low levels of education were found to have participated at relatively high rates in adult basic education, ESL, and GED classes. However, for the most common types of formal learning activitiesówork-related courses and personal interest coursesóadults with low levels of education participated at lower rates and for shorter periods of time than did adults with higher levels of education. Among the adults who did participate in these activities, those with lower levels of education at the end of the survey were less likely than those with higher levels of education to pay at least some course expenses themselves.
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Cover Date: January 2008
Web Release: January 29, 2008
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Publication #: NCES 2008041
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Center/Program: NCES
Type of Product: Issue Brief
Survey/Program Areas: National Household Education Survey (NHES)
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