Participation in Adult Education for Work-Related Reasons: 2002-03: Statistical Analysis Report

About the Course:

The report summarizes data collected through the Adult Education for Work-Related Reasons survey fielded in 2003 as part of the National Household Education Surveys. The survey asked a random sample of adults about their work-related educational activities and experiences over the previous 12 months. The survey defined work-related activities in terms of formal and informal learning activities that are done for reasons related to work. Findings from the survey reveal that 40 percent of adults in the nation participated in some type of formal adult education for work-related reasons during a 12-month period in 2002-03. Thirty-three percent participated in work-related courses, 9 percent were in a college degree program, 2 percent were in a vocational degree/diploma program, and 1 percent had an apprenticeship. Fifty-eight percent of adults participated in informal work-related learning activities.


U.S. Department of Education

Publication Date:

November 2005


Kleiner, B., et al.

National Center for Education Statistics

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the reasons why some people choose to participate in adult education programs. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the characteristics used to differentiate between formal and informal adult learning activities.

  2. Explain findings regarding work-related formal learning.

  3. Analyze findings regarding adults participating in work-related informal learning.

  4. Summarize information presented in the course material and identify how it might apply to work with clients utilizing adult education.

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Course Number: 101145
Credit Hours: 3cr
Exam Fee: $20.91
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