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

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Overview

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: 4/16/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

The authors are all members of the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning, University of London.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Pt. A Background and approach 1
1 Studying benefits 3
2 Three capitals : a framework 12
Pt. B Themes and case studies 35
3 The impacts of leaning on well-being, mental health and effective coping 37
4 Mental health and well-being throughout the lifecourse 57
5 Family life and learning : emergent themes 80
6 Family life illustrated : transitions, responsibilities and attitudes 99
7 'A continuous effort of sociability' : learning and social capital in adult life 119
8 Lifelong learning and civic participation : inclusion, exclusion and community 137
Pt. C Drawing together 159
9 The benefits of adult learning : quantitative insights 161
10 Reappraising benefits 179
App. 1 Background characteristics of respondents 194
App. 2 Specification of outcome and control variables 196
References and bibliography 199
Index 210
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