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ERIC Number: EJ821650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0068
The Evolution of the European Union's Lifelong Learning Policies: An Institutional Learning Perspective
Lee, Moosung; Thayer, Tryggvi; Madyun, Na'im
Comparative Education, v44 n4 p445-463 Nov 2008
The EU's lifelong learning policy has emerged as an overarching educational reform policy intended to address a wide range of issues, including education, employment and competitiveness. The question has been raised as to whether the resulting policy is merely a catch-all concept that can be applied to any needs or whether it is underpinned by a comprehensive concept and strategy. This article advances the notion of institutional learning as the selective adoption by organisations of characteristics or policies from other organisations, as opposed to the wholesale homogenisation suggested by institutional isomorphism. Based on our periodisation of international lifelong learning policy, this article argues that a complete historical analysis of the discourse on lifelong learning, coupled with an analysis of the European Commission's institutional learning from others will give a more appropriate picture of what contributed to the current conceptualisation of lifelong learning. (Contains 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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