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Lifelong Learning in Europe


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Lifelong Learning and the Generation of Human and Social Capital ~ Sheila Riddell and Elisabet Weedon; Lifelong learning and the wider European socio-economic context ~ Sheila Riddell and Elisabet Weedon; Neoliberal and inclusive themes in European lifelong learning policy ~ John Holford and Vida A. Mohorcic Spolar; Formal adult education in the spotlight: profiles, motivations and experiences of participants in 12 European countries ~ Ellen Boeren, Eve-Liis Roosmaa, Ides Nicaise and Ellu Saar; The socio-demographic obstacles to participating in lifelong learning across Europe ~ Peter Robert; The qualification providing enterprise? Support for formal adult education in small and medium sized enterprises ~ Gunter Hefler and Joerg Markowitsch; Reducing or reinforcing inequality: assessing the impact of European policy on widening access to higher education ~ Elisabet Weedon and Sheila Riddell; Conclusion: The role of lifelong learning in reducing social inequality at a time of economic crisis ~ Sheila Riddell.

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Sheila Riddell is the founding Director of the Centre for Research in Education, Inclusion and Diversity (CREID) at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests are in equality and social inclusion in relation to education, employment and social care. Jorg Markowitsch is founder and senior partner of 3s Unternehmensberatung GmbH. His research interests are vocational education and training, lifelong learning and European education policy. Elisabet Weedon is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests are in the area of social justice and lifelong learning.


"This important study draws on rigorous international research, reviews key theoretical and policy debates, and presents new insights into the different meanings and practices of lifelong learning in Europe. It will appeal broadly to social scientists, and to policy makers and managers in the field." -- John Field, Professor of Lifelong Learning, University of Stirling.

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