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The impact of higher education on lifelong learning

Brooks, R and Everett, G (2008) The impact of higher education on lifelong learning International Journal of Lifelong Education, 27 (3). pp. 239-254.

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The UK’s National Adult Learning Survey has emphasised that graduates are more likely than other groups of people to engage in further learning and to be motivated by the intrinsic nature of the subject matter. However, beyond this we know relatively little about the learning of graduates as a specific group. In particular, we know very little about how experiences of higher education affect attitudes towards learning in the years after graduation. To start to redress this gap, this paper draws on in‐depth interviews with 90 graduates from six different UK higher education institutions, five years after they completed their first degree. It argues that, in the case of many of these young adults, the influence of higher education on further learning was exerted at three levels in relation to: the process of learning; the construction of learner identities; and understandings of the relationship between learning and the wider world.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Brooks, R
Everett, G
Date : 2008
DOI : 10.1080/02601370802047759
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Brooks R, Everett G (2008). The impact of higher education on lifelong learning. International Journal of Lifelong Education 27(3):239-254 Available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 22 Feb 2013 10:15
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 15:00

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