Eugenia A. Panitsidou, Wider Benefits of adult participation in Lifelong Learning courses

Abstract

The present study draws on the wider benefits emanating from adult participation in Lifelong Learning (LLL) courses. Throughout contemporary literature, participants in LLL have been reported to acquire knowledge and skills, develop understanding and enhance self-confidence, parameters that induce changes in their personal lives, while enable them to undertake a more active role in their family, community or work. Moreover, it has been depicted that “disadvantaged” individuals tend to report increased benefits, resulting from their participation in educational courses. Findings entail considerable practical and theoretical significance for LLL and its substantial contribution in economic and social realm, as a means of facilitating social inclusion and enhancing economic growth.