Field J (2011) Researching the benefits of learning: the persuasive power of longitudinal studies. London Review of Education, 9 (3), pp. 283-292. https://doi.org/10.1080/14748460.2011.616320
Recent years have witnessed considerable growth in research into the benefits of learning. Much of this has drawn on large scale longitudinal survey data, finding clear if small benefits to individuals from participating in learning. The paper identifies and explores some limitations in this work, and examines the possibility that there may also be negative outcomes for some people, but concludes that overall this body of work marks a landmark in the study of adult learning.
Lifelong learning; Longitudinal research; benefits of learning; social capital; human capital
London Review of Education: Volume 9, Issue 3