According to the increasing rates of unemployment and poverty a significant share of the European population can be considered at-risk-of-social exclusion. In order to combat social exclusion adult education seemed to be a possible tool, which can increase social inclusion among adult
learners. This study explores factors relating to training programs considered as adult and continuing education which enhance social inclusion for vulnerable adults and their life environment. The results indicate that after following the training programs as part of continuing learning,
the participants show a significant increase in activation and internalisation as well as participation and connection (as processes of social inclusion). Moreover, non-parametric correlation analysis and logistical regression analysis shows that the training design feature transfer possibilities
is significantly related to the increase of almost all social inclusion variables. Besides this direct surroundings and learning contents and activities only significantly relates to the increase of social inclusion variables of activation and internalisation and care to the social inclusion
variables of participation and connection.
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adult basic education;
qualification for labour market;
training on social inclusion;
Document Type: Research Article
Artéduc, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Educational Research & Development, School of Business and Economics,Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Department of Adult Educational Science, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences,Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
November 1, 2012
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