The Benefits of Learning: The Impact of Education on Health, Family Life and Social Capital / Edition 1

The Benefits of Learning: The Impact of Education on Health, Family Life and Social Capital / Edition 1

by Tom Schuller, John Preston, Cathie Hammond, Angela Brassett-Grundy
     
 

How do education and learning really impact on people's lives?
The Benefits of Learning is a detailed, systematic and vivid account of the impact of formal and informal education on people's lives. Based on extended interviews with adults of all ages, it shows how learning affects their health, family lives and participation in civic life, revealing the

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How do education and learning really impact on people's lives?
The Benefits of Learning is a detailed, systematic and vivid account of the impact of formal and informal education on people's lives. Based on extended interviews with adults of all ages, it shows how learning affects their health, family lives and participation in civic life, revealing the downsides of education as well as the benefits. At a time when education is in danger of being narrowly regarded as an instrument of economic growth, this study covers:
* the interaction between learning and people's physical and psychological well-being
* the way learning impacts on family life and communication between generations
* the effect on people's ability and motivation to take part in civic and community life.
Packed with detail from adults' own accounts of their lives, the book reveals how learning enables people to sustain themselves and their communities in the face of daily stresses and strains, as well as sometimes transforming their lives.
The book opens up new avenues for debate. It is a valuable resource for education researchers and of particular interest to education policy makers, adult education practitioners, health educators and postgraduate students in education.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415328005
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/16/2004
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Pt. ABackground and approach1
1Studying benefits3
2Three capitals : a framework12
Pt. BThemes and case studies35
3The impacts of leaning on well-being, mental health and effective coping37
4Mental health and well-being throughout the lifecourse57
5Family life and learning : emergent themes80
6Family life illustrated : transitions, responsibilities and attitudes99
7'A continuous effort of sociability' : learning and social capital in adult life119
8Lifelong learning and civic participation : inclusion, exclusion and community137
Pt. CDrawing together159
9The benefits of adult learning : quantitative insights161
10Reappraising benefits179
App. 1Background characteristics of respondents194
App. 2Specification of outcome and control variables196
References and bibliography199
Index210

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