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Lifelong Learning in Europe

National Patterns and Challenges

Lifelong Learning in Europe by E. Saar
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Based on a five-year research project across thirteen countries, this comprehensive book analyses how national characteristics frame a central feature of European Union social and economic policies - lifelong learning. Combining qualitative and quantitative methods in a wide-ranging international comparative study, the book explores how far the EUs lifelong learning agenda has been successful and what factors have limited its ability to reshape national adult and lifelong learning systems. The chapters also look at adults' participation in formal education, what they see as the obstacles to taking part, and the nature of their demand for learning opportunities. Using country typologies, the authors challenge assumptions - whether held by policy-makers or researchers - that there is just one economic trajectory for market economies and their lifelong learning systems. This book will therefore be valuable to scholars, researchers and policy-makers who are investigating, or trying to change, education and labour markets.
Edward Elgar Publishing; October 2013
432 pages; ISBN 9780857937360
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Title: Lifelong Learning in Europe
Author: E. Saar; O.B. Ure; J. Holford