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ERIC Number: ED607705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Domestic and International Perspectives on Implementing Alternatives to Finance Lifelong Education
Helsinger, Abigail; Hicks, Nytasia; Cummins, Phyllis; Yamashita, Takashi
Grantee Submission, Paper presented at the Adult Education in Global Times Conference (Vancouver, BC, Jun 2020)
Participation in adult education and training opportunities over the entire life-course is necessary in international and technologically advanced economies. However, there is a dearth of literature on equitable access to lifelong education opportunities, particularly for at risk and underserved adults in the labor force. Furthermore, opportunities for financing lifelong learning remain minimal for middle-age and older adult populations. The purpose of this research is to explore strategies or alternative models to fund lifelong education with attention to the Individual Learning Account (ILA) schemes. We explore initiatives across four countries--Canada, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This research uses a qualitative descriptive approach to compare strategies to financing lifelong education targeting adult learners. Data were collected from key informant interviews (N=14), government documents, and research reports. Two major themes emerged that are common across all key informant interviews and documentation: (1) ILA offers key lessons in informing the creation of effective lifelong learning funding; (2) Low-income and low-skilled adults are often excluded from participation in ILA schemes. The authors' findings move adult education beyond a focus on providers of education to considering additional strategies for financing individual learning. [This paper was published in: J. P. Egan (Ed.), "Proceedings of the Adult Education in Global Times Conference." Ottawa, ON: Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education." (ISBN 978-0-920056-53-0).]
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Sweden; United Kingdom; United States
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A170183