Adult learning: briefing

How does learning affect the wellbeing of adults? Does the style and context make a difference? Which groups in society can benefit most?

In the ‘description’ section below you will find the source documents  referred to in the briefing.

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  1. Au, A., Gallagher-Thompson, D., Wong, M. K., Leung, J., Chan, W. C., Chan, C. C., Chan, K. (2015). Behavioral activation for dementia caregivers: scheduling pleasant events and enhancing communications. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 10, 611-619. doi:10.2147/cia.s72348
  2. Bailey, N., Breen, J., Ward, M., & Organisation, A. T. N. A. L. (2010). Community Education: More than Just a Course. Exploring the Outcomes and Impact of Department of Education and Skills Funded Community Education (978-0-9068-2631-7). http://www.aontas.com/download/pdf/community_education_more_than_just_a_course.pdf
  3. Bailey, N., Ward, M., Goodrick, M., & Organisation, A. T. N. A. L. (2011). Sowing the Seeds of Social Change: The Outcomes and Impact of a Social Action Model of Community Education. Research Report AONTAS 2011 (978-0-9068-2633-1). http://www.aontas.com/download/pdf/sowing_the_seeds_of_social_change.pdf
  4. Balatti, J., Black, S., Falk, I., & National Centre for Vocational Education, R. (2009). Literacy and Numeracy Pedagogy and Social Capital: Three Case Studies. Support Document.
  5. Carney, P. A., Hamada, J. L., Rdesinski, R., Sprager, L., Nichols, K. R., Liu, B. Y., . . . Shannon, J. (2012). Impact of a community gardening project on vegetable intake, food security and family relationships: A community-based participatory research study. Journal of Community Health: The Publication for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, 37(4), 874-881. doi:10.1007/s10900-011-9522-z
  6. Castro, P. C., Tahara, N., Rebelatto, J. R., Driusso, P., Aveiro, M. C., & Oishi, J. (2007). Influence of the Open University for the Third Age (UATI) and the revitalization program (REVT) on quality of life in middle-aged and elderly adults. Revista Brasileira De Fisioterapia, 11(6), 461-467.  Retrieved from <Go to ISI>://WOS:000254584300007
  7. Cavanagh, J., Southcombe, A., & Bartram, T. (2014). The Role of Collaborative Learning on Training and Development Practices within the Australian Men’s Shed Movement: A Study of Five Men’s Sheds. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 66(3), 365-385.  
  8. Chen, L. K. (2016). Benefits and dynamics of learning gained through volunteering: A qualitative exploration guided by seniors’ self-defined successful aging. Educational Gerontology, 42(3), 220-230. doi:10.1080/03601277.2015.1108150
  9. Dattilo, A. E. L., Ewert, A., & Dattilo, J. (2012). Learning as Leisure: Motivation and Outcome in Adult Free Time Learning. Journal of Park & Recreation Administration, 30(1), 1-18.  
  10. Devor, M., & Renvall, M. (2008). An educational intervention to support caregivers of elders with dementia. American Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias, 23(3), 233-241. doi:10.1177/1533317508315336
  11. Gajewska, U., & Trigg, R. (2016). Centres for People with Intellectual Disabilities: Attendees’ Perceptions of Benefit. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 29(6), 587-591. doi:10.1111/jar.12212
  12. Golding, B. (2011). Taking Charge at Any Age: Learning and Wellbeing by Older Men through Community Organisations in Australia. Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 26-40.  

See Also

Golding, B., Foley, A., Brown, M. & Harvey, J. (2009). Senior men’s learning and wellbeing through community participation in Australia, Report to National Seniors Productive

Ageing Centre. Ballarat: University of Ballarat.

  1. Griffiths, C. A. (2009). The EMILIA project: The impact of a lifelong learning intervention on the sense of coherence of mental health service users. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 14(1), 3-3.  
  2. Hayslip, B., Jr., Paggi, K., & Caballero, D. (2015). The Impact of Mental Aerobics Training on Older Adults. J Appl Gerontol. doi:10.1177/0733464815581482
  3. Lehenbauer, M., Kothgassner, O. D., Kryspin-Exner, I., & Stetina, B. U. (2013). An online self-administered social skills training for young adults: Results from a pilot study. Computers & Education, 61, 217-224. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2012.09.007
  4. Lipman, E. L., Kenny, M., Jack, S., Cameron, R., Secord, M., & Byrne, C. (2010). Understanding how education/support groups help lone mothers. BMC Public Health, 10, 1-9. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-4

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Lipman, E. L., & Boyle, M. H. (2005). Social support and education groups for single mothers: a randomized controlled trial of a community-based program. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 173(12), 1451-1456.

  1. McConnell, D., Dalziel, A., Llewellyn, G., Laidlaw, K., & Hindmarsh, G. (2009). Strengthening the social relationships of mothers with learning difficulties. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 37(1), 66-75. doi:10.1111/j.1468-3156.2008.00526.x
  2. Narushima, M. (2008). More than nickels and dimes: the health benefits of a community-based lifelong learning programme for older adults. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 27(6), 673-692. doi:10.1080/02601370802408332
  3. Prins, E., Toso, B. W., & Schafft, K. A. (2009). “It Feels Like a Little Family to Me”: Social Interaction and Support among Women in Adult Education and Family Literacy. Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 59(4), 335-352.

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  1. Ramon, S., Griffiths, C. A., Nieminen, I., Pedersen, M., & Dawson, I. (2011). Towards social inclusion through lifelong learning in mental health: Analysis of change in the lives of the EMILIA project service users. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 57(3), 211-223. doi:10.1177/0020764009354943
  2. Sabeti, S. (2015). Creative ageing? Selfhood, temporality and the older adult learner. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 34(2), 211-229. doi:10.1080/02601370.2014.987710
  3. Sloane-Seale, A., & Kops, B. (2008). Older Adults in Lifelong Learning: Participation and Successful Aging. Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education, 34(1), 37-62.  
  4. Spry, N., & Marchant, T. (2014). How a Personal Development Program Enhances Social Connection and Mobilises Women in the Community. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 54(2), 32-53.  
  5. Terry, M. (2006). MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN LEARNERS’ LIVES: RESULTS OF A STUDY BASED ON ADULT LITERACY PROGRAMS. Adult Basic Education, 16(1), 3-19.  Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=20333346&site=ehost-live
  6. Weiss, B. D., Francis, L., Senf, J. H., Heist, K., & Hargraves, R. (2006). Literacy Education as Treatment for Depression in Patients with Limited Literacy and Depression A Randomized Controlled Trial. JGIM: Journal of General Internal Medicine, 21(8), 823-828. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00531.x

Additional References

Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning. (2006) “The wider benefits of learning : A synthesis of findings from the centre for research on the wider benefits of learning 1999-2006”. Research Brief No : RCB05-06 available from http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130401151715/http://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/RCB05-06.pdf

Dolan, P., Fujiwara, D., & Metcalfe, R. (2012). Review and Update of Research into the Wider Benefits of Adult Learning. BIS Research Paper, (90), 1–47.

Inquiry for lifelong learning (IFLL). (2009). Lifelong Learning and Wellbeing : An Analysis of the Relationship between Adult Learning and Subjective Wellbeing. National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE),

Sabates, R., & Hammond, C. (2008). “The impact of lifelong learning on happiness and wellbeing.” In Searle, B. A. (2008). Wellbeing: In search of a good life? Bristol: Policy Press.

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