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National adult learning survey 2001

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National Adult Learning Survey 2001 Ivana La Valle, Margaret Blake, Prepared for Department for Education and Skills Research Report 321 Copies of this publication can be obtained from: DfES Publications P.O. Box 5050 Sherwood Park Annesley Nottingham NG15 0DJ Tel: 0845 60 222 60 Fax: 0845 60 333 60 Minicom: 0845 60 555 60 email: [email protected] Please quote ref: RR321 © Crown copyright 2001 Produced by the Department for Education and Skills Extracts from this document may be reproduced for non-commercial education or training purposes on condition that the source is acknowledged. ISBN: 184185 652 5 Acknowledgements The authors of the report would like to thank their colleagues at the National Centre who have made a significant contribution to the project, including: Del Russell, the team’s secretary; Heather Clements, Lesley Mullender and Brenda Jeyes in the Operations Department; Christos Korovessis and Kevin Pickering in the Survey Methods Centre; Iain Templeton and Steve Elder in the Computing Department; and last, but not least, the many fieldwork interviewers who worked on this survey. We would like to thank Professor Tom Schuller from Birkbeck College for his advice at the design stage and his valuable feedback on the draft report. We would also like to thank Peter Vallely the DfES project manager. Finally we would like to thank all respondents who gave up their time to take part in the survey. Contents EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1 Key findings 1 Introduction 2 Learning trends 2 Learning among different groups 2 Obstacles and incentives to learning 3 Taught learning 4 Self-directed learning 5 Use of and attitudes towards ICT 5 Social capital and learning 6 Information, knowledge and attitudes about learning 7 1 INTRODUCTION 8 1.1 Background 8 1.2 Types of learning covered by NALS 8 1.3 Previous NALS and main changes in 2001 9 1.3.1 Sample composition 9 1.3.2 Survey content 10 1.4 Summary of methodology 10 1.5

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