ERIC Number: ED458447
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Lifelong Learning in Finland: The Extent to Which Vocational Education and Training Policy Is Nurturing Lifelong Learning in Finland. CEDEFOP Panorama Series.
Nyyssola, Kari; Hamalainen, Kimmo
The extent to which vocational education and training policy is nurturing lifelong learning in Finland was examined. The analysis focused on the following issues: the political and structural framework of education in Finland; mechanisms supporting lifelong learning; and pedagogical solutions and learning environments facilitating lifelong learning. The following were among the major conclusions: (1) during the 1990s, lifelong learning became a central part of Finland's educational policy discourse; (2) commitment to implementing lifelong learning in Finland is strong; (3) lifelong learning has genuinely become an integral part of all levels of Finland's education system; (4) Finnish education planning has invested heavily in planning personal study plans; (5) strong decentralization has been a general trend since the 1990s; (6) in recent years, investments have also been made in developing cooperation between educational institutions; (7) access to lifelong learning and learning outcomes have been inferior in rural areas; and (8) the basis of lifelong learning in Finland is in line with the objectives set by the European Union. (Ten tables/figures are included. The following items are appended: a list of 15 pertinent legal provisions; a glossary of acronyms/abbreviations and terms; and the questionnaire and selected findings of a lifelong learning survey. The bibliography lists 42 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Articulation (Education), Classroom Techniques, Competency Based Education, Definitions, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Cooperation, Educational Environment, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Educational Supply, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Federal Legislation, Foreign Countries, Individualized Instruction, Information Technology, Internet, Job Training, Lifelong Learning, Literacy Education, National Surveys, Older Adults, Postsecondary Education, Preschool Education, Questionnaires, Rural Education, School Business Relationship, Systems Approach, Technology Education, Transitional Programs, Two Year Colleges, Virtual Universities, Vocational Education, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (Greece).; Finnish National Board of General Education, Helsinki.
Identifiers - Location: Finland