Research and analysis

Adult participation in learning survey 2017

Results of a survey into adult learning - participation, motivation, barriers to learning and benefits experienced.


Adult participation in learning survey 2017


This report presents detailed findings from a survey of over 5,000 adults who participate in learning. It explores:

  • their motivations
  • what and where they learn
  • their investment in learning
  • the benefits they experience

It also includes findings on barriers to learning faced by adult learners and non-learners, and factors that could encourage adults to take up learning.

Further research into the barriers to learning that affect disadvantaged adults has also been published.

Published 22 August 2018