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April 2008

Adult learning in Canada: Characteristics of learners

There is a strong positive relationship between literacy levels and participation in adult learning – those with the highest levels of literacy participate in adult learning at much higher rates than those at the lowest levels of literacy. The result -- those most in need of education and training in order to enhance their skills are least likely to participate in learning opportunities ... more.

Why are the majority of university students women?

Women continue to out-number men in university and the gap is widening. What accounts for this gap? Recent research suggests that girls do more homework and achieve higher marks in high school, both important factors for explaining differences in university participation. This raises the question of why do such gender differences in school performance exist ... more.