This brief brings together and summarises previously published findings from the first seven years of research by the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning (WBL).

The Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning was established by the Department for Education and Employment (now the Department for Education and Skills) in 1999. Its role, in recognition that the benefits and purposes of learning go beyond the enhancement of individual and national economic productivity, was to define the nature of these wider benefits and explore how they might be realised.

The overall messages of the Centre’s work take not only the form of important specific findings but also conceptual maps and frameworks of the most relevant relationships, and implications for policy and future research.

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Includes:

  • Introduction
  • Key Findings
  • What do we mean by “wider benefits”?
  • The wider benefits of learning: how much?
  • Life-stage differences: the relative benefits of early and adult education
  • Negative outcomes of learning
  • The Mechanisms – How are the Wider Benefits of Learning Realised?
  • The intergenerational transmission of educational success
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Additional Information