ERIC Number: ED442942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The Learning Society. Patterns of Participation in Adult Education and Training. Working Paper 5.
Gorard, Stephen; Furlong, John; Rees, Gareth; Fevre, Ralph
This working paper is a product of a regional study in industrial South Wales of the determinants of participation and non-participation in post-compulsory education and training, with special reference to processes of change in the patterns of these determinants over time and to variations between geographical areas. It examines the notion of a learning society in Britain, suggesting that markedly different interpretations of the term are in common use among politicians, economists, policymakers, and educationalists. The paper outlines chief arguments currently being used to advocate the establishment of a learning society in Britain. These arguments have two strands--the claim that the standard of education and training in a country has a direct impact on its economy and that, therefore, expenditure on learning by the state and employers will be recouped, and the claim that there is a lack of justice in the distribution of education and its rewards in Britain today. Since this involves a brief description of the availability of education and training in Britain, the paper allows a preliminary consideration of the extent to which a learning society already exists or can be said to have existed in the past. It concludes that to some extent the "learning society" is used as a term of convenience. Appendixes include definitions and acronyms. Contains 103 references. (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council, Lancaster (England).
Authoring Institution: Bristol Univ. (England).; Cardiff Univ. (Wales). School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain); United Kingdom (Wales)