From education to employment

Adult education: why adults decide to study

A qualitative study providing a detailed understanding of how and why adults decide to undertake learning.


Decisions of adult learners

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-942-5, DFE-RR842 PDF, 4.84MB, 83 pages

Decisions of adult learners: appendix

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-941-8 , DFE-RA842 PDF, 1.95MB, 44 pages


This study explores in depth adults’ behaviours and decision-making relating to learning.


  • provides evidence on the influencers, facilitators and barriers to engagement in adult learning
  • provides key sources of information and support
  • explores what encourages adults into learning

It’s based on in-depth interviews with learners and workshops with non-learners.

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