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Adult Education Participation in 2004-05

NCES 2006-077
May 2006

Reasons For Participation

Adults were asked a series of questions about reasons for participation in specific adult educational activities, namely ESL classes, basic skills/GED preparation classes, work-related courses or training, and personal-interest courses.

  • The majority of ESL participants reported having taken ESL classes to either improve the way that they felt about themselves (95 percent) or to make it easier to do things on a day-to-day basis (93 percent) (table 2).
  • A larger proportion of adults reported having taken basic skills/GED preparation classes to improve the way that they feel about themselves (78 percent) than for purposes of helping children with school work (28 percent), getting a new job with a different employer (55 percent), getting a raise or promotion (45 percent), and meeting requirements for public assistance (18 percent) (table 3).
  • Among adults who reported having taken formal work-related courses or training within the previous 12 months, a larger proportion of these adults reported having taken the courses or training to maintain or improve skills or knowledge that they already had (95 percent) than for purposes of learning new skills or methods that they did not already know (83 percent), helping to get a raise or promotion (19 percent), getting a new job with a different employer (10 percent), getting or keeping a state, industry, or company certificate or license (42 percent), or because they were required to participate (63 percent) (table 4).

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National Center for Education Statistics - http://nces.ed.gov
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