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ERIC Number: ED458447
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 98
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-92-896-0078-0
ISSN: ISSN-1562-6180
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)
CEDEFOP, P.O. Box 22427, Thessaloniki, GR-55102 Greece (#5118 EN). Tel: 30 31 49 01 11; Fax: 30 31 49 01 02; e-mail:; Web site: For full text: /5118 EN.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (Greece).; Finnish National Board of General Education, Helsinki.
Identifiers - Location: Finland