Research and analysis

Adult education: why adults decide to study

A qualitative study providing a detailed understanding of how and why adults decide to undertake learning.


Decisions of adult learners

Decisions of adult learners: appendix


This study explores in depth adults’ behaviours and decision-making relating to learning.


  • provides evidence on the influencers, facilitators and barriers to engagement in adult learning
  • provides key sources of information and support
  • explores what encourages adults into learning

It’s based on in-depth interviews with learners and workshops with non-learners.

Published 21 September 2018