Η εκπαίδευση ενηλίκων στην Ελλάδα και η συσχέτιση της με την απόκτηση πιστοποιήσεων
Adult education in Greece and its correlation with obtaining certificates
The purpose of this thesis is to examine the context of adult education in Greece, and its correlation with the acquisition of certifications. More specifically, the present aim is to examine the theoretical framework of adult education – beginning from its own definition to the most basic theoretical approaches that govern it. A further aim is to explore the existing framework regarding the acquisition of qualifications, and how this relates to adult education and some complementary concepts – such as lifelong learning, continuing education, training, and retraining. In addition to the above, this thesis consists of some research objectives, that guide and shape the empirical part. The research objectives are to examine the relationship that the acquisition of various certifications has with the education of adults in Greece. The specific objective is to examine the frequency of participation of adults in training and continuing education, as well as to investigate whether the research sample participates in educational activities, even if they do not provide certification. To achieve these objectives, a quantitative survey was conducted, using a structured questionnaire, to a sample of 100 people. The sample was identified by the methodology which is widely known as chain sampling/snowball sampling. The questionnaire was designed by the author of the present thesis, himself and is presented in the appendix. The data were analyzed using the SPSS statistical program, in a frequency distribution. In the research the majority of sample (66%) were women, 43% were in the age range of 47 to 57 years who also live in the region of Attica (45%). The results showed that the participants, on the one hand, do not only participate in the training programs for certification or obtaining the relevant certificate, as they recognize its importance, but they also recognize the role that certifications play in finding a job, and in confirming their training. In fact, most of them found a job, thanks to the certifications!