Patterns of Lifelong Learning: Policy & Practice in an Expanding Europe

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LIT Verlag Münster, 2008 - Education - 157 pages
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For the European Union, lifelong learning has become a means of achieving both competitiveness and social cohesion in an increasingly knowledge-based and globalised economy. Though the concept of lifelong learning is not new, it now coincides with a period of rapid EU expansion. The research project the book is based on examines how lifelong learning is understood and operationalised, especially in countries within the area of the EU's expansion. Europe, its policy-makers and peoples, need to know whether lifelong learning can contribute to the construction of a European identity - and if so, how. The research points to the importance of diverse national contexts, which suggests a single model of lifelong learning across the EU is unlikely to be achieved. While the EU may encourage a common policy, and this may generate significant national policy developments, these will be strongly influenced by national context: institutional, political, social, ideological. Many countries will continue - consciously or unconsciously - to "pick and choose" between different EU priorities.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Aims Methods
17
Key Concepts
19
Population Labour Market Trends Patterns of Participation
27
The European Union Lifelong Learning
45
Use of Lifelong Learning Concepts in National Policies
65
Lifelong Learning in National Policies
77
Public Sector Educational Policies Initiatives
85
Lifelong Learning in National Policy A Residual Role?
107
Towards a Typology of Approaches to Lifelong Learning in Europe
113
Summary Conclusions
127
References
137
Glossary of Terms Used
141
Data Contributing to the Typology of Lifelong Learning Chapter 12 Explanation of Measures and Sources
147
Key Characteristics of the Thirteen Countries
151
Research Team
155

Lifelong Learning Policy Coordination
91
Barriers to Implementation of Lifelong Learning
99

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About the author (2008)

John Holford is a lecturer in Adult Education, University of Surrey, England.

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