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ERIC Number: ED466764
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 287
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-92-820-1104-6
Unlocking People's Creative Forces: A Transnational Study of Adult Learning Policies.
Belanger, Paul; Federighi, Paolo
Based on 5 years of empirical research conducted in 24 countries from every region of the world, this book examines the content and dynamics of adult learning policies and strategies, including the measures to promote the expression of learning demand and the new role of the state and other institutions. After presenting a reconstructed and expanded view of current adult learning in the various regions of the world in Chapter 1, Chapters 2 and 3 identify several trends in the process of developing and implementing policy and outlines the subject and functions of adult learning policy today. Chapters 4 and 5 deal with the changing socioeconomic and cultural dynamics that are reflected, sometimes explicitly, sometimes contradictorily, in today's adult learning policies. Chapters 6 and 7 cover the expression and management of learning demand and policies to promote the expression and synergy of learning demand. Chapter 8 is on learning continuities and discontinuities. Chapter 9 examines changes in the role of the state and other institutions and the rise of new organizational models of adult learning. Chapter 10 takes a closer look at the impact of these epistemological and policy changes by presenting and analyzing the basic trends in the field of adult basic education. The conclusion sums up the discussion and raises questions about possible future orientations. Three appendixes include adult learning policy frameworks, tables about policy documents by country, and a list of participating researchers. Four bibliographies list 122 policy documents, 20 country studies, 32 other policy documents, and 246 monographs and articles. (KC)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Hamburg (Germany). Inst. for Education.
Note: Also available in French under the title: "La liberation difficile des forces creatrices: Analyse transnationale des politiques d'education et de formation des adultes." For full text: