Saturday, November 20, 2010

What defines adult education?

These seven learning activities are considered adult education:

English as a Second Language - classes for adults whose main language is not English.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) - General Educational Development (GED) preparation and adult high school programs or university degree programs - part-time degree or certificate programs.

College or university degree programs - part-time degree or certificate programs.

Vocational or Technical diploma programs

Apprenticeship Programs - formal, on-the-job training leading to journeyman status in a skilled trade or craft.

Work-related Courses - courses related to work, not including credential or apprenticeship programs. Work-related informal learning activities included supervised training or monitoring, self-paced study using books, video tapes or computers, attending presentations, conferences or conventions, and reading professional journals or magazines.

Personal development Courses - courses led by instructors that are not included in categories above including courses related to hobbies and interests.

The study mentioned in our previous post found that the most common adult education activities were work-related courses (30 percent), personal interest (21 percent) and college or university courses (4 percent).

Next post, e-learning in the adult education market. This information is provided as a public service by
Gatlin Education Services.

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