Journal article

Re-engagement with education over the life course: motivations and barriers

Jenny Chesters, Hernan Cuervo, Jun Fu

International Journal of Lifelong Education | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2020


As the Australian labour market restructures and the pace of technological advances quickens, reskilling and up-skilling are now required for sustained employability. Thus, many adults embark on further study after spending a period of time in the workforce. To examine the reasons for reengaging, and for not re-engaging with education during adulthood, we conduct analysis of longitudinal data collected from a cohort of people who completed school in 1991. The majority of the participants completed an educational qualification between 25 and 44 years and were thus, lifelong learners. Understanding the patterns of re-engagement with education and the reasons why some people choose to re-engage..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education [Seed Funding Scheme].