Creating a Learning Society?

Creating a Learning Society? : Learning Careers and Policies for Lifelong Learning

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Lifelong learning is a key government strategy - both in the UK and internationally - to promote economic growth and combat social exclusion. This book presents a highly innovative study of participation in lifelong learning and the problems which need to be overcome if lifelong learning policies are to be successful. It: provides a systematic analysis, based on innovative empirical research, of the social and economic realities which actually determine patterns of participation in lifelong learning; shows what the factors are that shape people's participation, or their decision not to participate; offers new insights into the processes of lifelong learning, which have important implications for the development of more effective policies. "Creating a learning society?" is a stimulating read for lifelong learning practitioners, as well as policy makers and researchers in this field.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 12mm | 312g
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2figs 25tabs.
  • 1861343930
  • 9781861343932

Table of contents

An overview of policies for lifelong learning; Lifelong learning trajectories; History, place and the learning society; Patterns of individual participation; Families and the formation of learner identities; The two dimensions of change; The role of informal learning with Ralph Fevre; The learning society and the economic imperative; The impact of newer policies to widen participation with Neil Selwyn; The prospects for a learning society.
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Review quote

"This is a strong book with a powerful message. Research specialists will be interested by the methods used to investigate learning throughout the lifespan. The findings are highly original, and should make a considerable impact in Britain and elsewhere on scholars and policy makers alike." Professor John Field, Department of Continuing Education, University of Warwick
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About Gareth Rees

Stephen Gorard is a Reader at the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences and Professor of Social Policy and Administration and Head of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Birmingham. He has written widely about British social policy, including two leading textbooks. Gareth Rees is a Professor and the Deputy Director at the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences.
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