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The Learning Society and people with learning difficulties$
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Sheila Riddell

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342232

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342232.001.0001

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Competing perspectives on lifelong learning and their implications for people with learning difficulties

Competing perspectives on lifelong learning and their implications for people with learning difficulties

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(p.1) One Competing perspectives on lifelong learning and their implications for people with learning difficulties
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The Learning Society and people with learning difficulties
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Sheila Riddell

Stephen Baron

Alastair Wilson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861342232.003.0001

This chapter explores the ways in which learning difficulties are understood at the present time, demonstrating the inadequacy of explanations based solely on biological or social constructions. It argues that it is possible to discern many versions of a Learning Society, each having particular connotations for people with learning difficulties and wider implications for the future nature of citizenship. The chapter explores the range of education, training, and employment opportunities available to people with learning difficulties. It aims not only to understand the contexts and experiences of this significant minority but also, through the analysis of the group specifically marginalized in a Learning Society, to understand the nature of that type of society more generally.

Keywords:   learning difficulties, social constructions, Learning Society, education, employment opportunities

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