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Lifelong learning in Europe: Equity and efficiency in the balance

Sheila Riddell and Jorg Markowitsch

Abstract

The ongoing economic crisis raises fundamental questions about the political and social goals of the European Union, particularly the feasibility of harmonising social and education policy across member states. The forward momentum of the European project is clearly faltering, raising the possibility that the high water mark of European integration has been achieved, with implications for many aspects of education and social policy, including lifelong learning. This timely book makes a major and original contribution to the development of knowledge and understanding of lifelong learning in an ... More

Keywords: European Union, lifelong learning, social cohesion, social exclusion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781447300137
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300137.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sheila Riddell, editor

Jorg Markowitsch, editor

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One Lifelong learning and the generation of human and social capital

Sheila Riddell and Elisabet Weedon, Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity, University of Edinburgh

Two Lifelong learning and the wider European socioeconomic context

Sheila Riddell and Elisabet Weedon, Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity, University of Edinburgh

Three Neoliberal and inclusive themes in European lifelong learning policy

John Holford, University of Nottingham and Vida A. Mohorčič Špolar, Slovenian Institute for Adult Education

Four Formal adult education in the spotlight: profiles, motivations and experiences of participants in 12 European countries

Ellen Boeren and Ides Nicaise, KU Leuven Eve-Liis Roosmaa and Ellu Saar, Institute for International and Social Studies, Tallinn University

Five The sociodemographic obstacles to participating in lifelong learning across Europe

Péter Róbert, TARKI Social Research Institute, Hungary

Seven Reducing or reinforcing inequality: assessing the impact of European policy on widening access to higher education

Elisabet Weedon and Sheila Riddell, Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity, University of Edinburgh

Eight Conclusion: the role of lifelong learning in reducing social inequality at a time of economic crisis

Sheila Riddell, Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity, University of Edinburgh