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ERIC Number: EJ892197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0260-1370
Demography, Social Structure and Learning through Life
van der Veen, Ruud
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v29 n4 p415-425 Jul-Aug 2010
The modernisation of the Western world during the last two centuries has been a mix of industrialisation/computerisation and urbanisation. Consequently, reports on the future of adult learning and adult education have been a mix on the one hand of the learning requirements that follow from industrialisation/computerisation and on the other hand, learning requirements for the support of social cohesion and individual development in an urbanised society. After an emphasis in the last decades on the relation between industrialisation and learning, the report "Learning through Life" swings back to a more balanced approach. Unfortunately the report gives not so much attention to broader themes such as social cohesion, individualisation and social exclusion but narrows its focus more on specific "demographic" themes such as the risk of social exclusion for older adults. Moreover, possibly because the authors are eager to formulate policy recommendations, they continue an idealistic tradition. Personally I prefer a more sociological analysis, at a certain distance from high educational purposes and ideals, and instead trying to understand the world as it is. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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