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Adult Education Participation in 2004-05

NCES 2006-077
May 2006

Time Spent in Coursework, Classes, or Training

Adults were asked how much time they spent in each adult educational activity in which they participated.

  • Adults who took personal-interest courses reported more hours (59), on average, than adults who took work-related courses or training (42) within the previous 12 months (table 13).
  • Among adults who reported taking formal work-related courses or training within the previous 12 months, more adults reported having participated for 10 or fewer hours (33 percent) than for any other period of instructional hours (11-25 hours - 24 percent, 26-50 hours - 20 percent, and 51 hours or more - 22 percent) (table 14).
  • Among adults who reported having taken personal-interest courses within the previous 12 months, more adults reported having participated for 51 hours or more (34 percent) than for any other range of instructional hours. Specifically, 24 percent of adults reported having participated in personal interest courses for 10 hours or fewer, 24 percent for 11 to 25 hours, and 19 percent for 26 to 50 hours (table 15).

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