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ERIC Number: ED541705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 86
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 30
ISBN: ISBN-978-9-2920-1147-5
Adults in Formal Education: Policies and Practice in Europe
Kocanova, Daniela; Paolini, Giulia; Borodankova, Olga
Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, European Commission
This report has been prepared in direct response to the Action Plan on Adult Learning "It is always a good time to learn" (European Commission, 2007), and, more specifically, to its stated objective of increasing the opportunities for adults to achieve a qualification at least one level higher than they previously held. The document focuses on the opportunities for under-qualified adults to complete basic education or achieve an upper secondary qualification, and it also covers measures that might contribute to widening access to higher education for adults returning to the formal education system. The document includes an analysis of statistical data related to the educational attainment of the European population and the participation of adults in education and training. It also clarifies the concept of formal adult education and training. The comparative overview of policies and measures in place in European countries with respect to opportunities for adults to upgrade their qualifications forms the main part of the report. The report is structured into five chapters. Chapter 1 presents an array of indicators on adult education which sets the context for further analysis of formal learning opportunities for adults in Europe. Chapter 2 outlines the theoretical approaches to the concept of formal adult education. Chapter 3 provides a mapping of programmes for mature students leading to qualifications that can be, in terms of a prospective learner's progression, regarded as equal to mainstream qualifications up to upper secondary level. Chapter 4 describes the measures likely to improve the participation of adult returners in higher education. Finally, Chapter 5 provides information on how formal education and training for mature students is financed and it outlines the various types of support which might facilitate the engagement of adults in formal education. A glossary is included. Individual chapters contain footnotes. (Contains 16 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)