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ERIC Number: EJ1126331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1477-9714
Inequalities in Lifelong Learning and Adult University Education Policies
Zmas, Aristotelis; Sipitanou, Athina A.
Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, v15 n1 p121-133 May 2009
Firstly, the views of the European Union (E.U.) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (O.E.C.D.) are examined in relation to the issue of lifelong learning, as well as the challenges that render the reconstruction of the national educational systems essential. Following, it is pointed out that access to lifelong learning programmes and, more specifically, adult university education remains a process riddled with inequalities, not only within each country but also among different countries. At the same time, the European Union and the O.E.C.D. have expressed their concern about the inability of tertiary education to make changes, which are judged to be necessary, within the context of global economic competition and the learning societies. In order to enhance adult university education, certain proposals are put forward: accessing the universities to the needs of the local as well as the wider society; at the same time, universities must respond by meeting the diverse interests of adult students; developing flexible practical accreditation of non-formal and informal learning; and providing quality assurance procedures for the courses offered in this particular field of educational services.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: European Union
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