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ERIC Number: EJ815577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0260-1370
Lifelong Learning for All? Policies, Barriers and Practical Reality for a Socially Excluded Group
Stenfors-Hayes, Terese; Griffiths, Christopher; Ogunleye, James
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v27 n6 p625-640 Nov 2008
Lifelong learning is recognized as an important tool to reduce social exclusion, but out of the many investigations into the provision of lifelong learning in Europe none has yet sought to examine the specific situation of mental health care service users. This study examines the provision of lifelong learning for this disadvantaged group; it identifies current policies and explores the access to, and nature of, lifelong learning practices for mental health care service users in eight European countries. Data have been collected through a literature and policy review and through questionnaires completed by mental health practitioners in the eight countries. The study found broad compliance amongst the eight countries with the Lisbon policy goals on lifelong learning, but evidence of specific lifelong learning provision for mental health care service users is patchy and sporadic. The study identified the main benefits of, and the barriers to, the participation in lifelong learning for mental health care service users from the viewpoint of mental health professionals and practitioners. The implications for practice were described, and suggestions for actions were made for improving the lifelong learning provision for the target group.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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