ERIC Number: ED469840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Thematic Review on Adult Learning: Finland. Background Report.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
In international comparisons, participation in adult learning in Finland is high. Work or career development is the main reason for participation. Persons starting with greater educational attainment participate in adult learning opportunities more. Roots of adult education and training (AET) lie in liberal education; those of occupational AET in courses for the unemployed, in the early 20th century. History shows significant expansion of AET in the 1970s and the 1980s as a decade of increasing participation. Adults can study in the same educational institutions as young people and obtain the same qualifications and degrees. Several groups of educational institutions specialize in AET and offer programs leading to qualifications or upgrading of vocational skills and competence. Finland has a long tradition of study related to hobbies or leisure time activities. Financial resources for AET come from these three sources: self-motivated AET by the education administration, labor market training by labor administration, and inservice training by employers. Municipalities, education ministry, labor market organizations, and the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE are central players, together with the central administration. AET goals are to level out discrepancies among the middle-aged population; prolong individual working careers; prevent unemployment and strengthen social cohesion; and secure competent and skilled labor to meet needs of the expanding service and information sectors. (Contains 96 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Educational Certificates, Educational Finance, Educational History, Educational Objectives, Foreign Countries, General Education, Hobbies, Inplant Programs, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Participation, Social Networks, Student Certification, Student Financial Aid, Unemployment, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.oecd.org/pdf/M00020000/M00020500.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
Identifiers - Location: Finland