Benefits of Adult Education Participation for Low-Educated Women

Tatiana Iñiguez-Berrozpe*, Carmen Elboj-Saso, Ainhoa Flecha, Francesco Marcaletti

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© The Author(s) 2019. Given the double risk of exclusion caused for women with a low educational level, adult education can be a fundamental element that allows them to actively participate in their social, political, and cultural environments. Moreover, because educational level has been reported by the scientific literature to be a factor that directly favors personal benefits, such as having better health or greater employability, adult education may be an opportunity to obtain the aforementioned benefits for women with a low educational level. In this study, using the data from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies survey, a model was developed to perform a structural equation analysis on a sample of 5,838 European women with an educational level of ISCED 0-2 and to investigate the benefits of participating in nonformal education activities. The results show that this participation provides these women with greater social and political confidence, more intense cultural participation and even better health and employability.
Original languageEnglish
Article number0741713619870793
Pages (from-to)64-88
Number of pages25
JournalAdult Education Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020


  • adult education
  • empowerment
  • low-educated women
  • social participation


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