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ERIC Number: EJ980160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1477-9714
Critical Links between Recognition of Prior Learning, Economic Changes and Social Justice in Portugal
Guimaraes, Paula
Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, v18 n1 p61-76 Spr 2012
This paper is a reflection on recent Portuguese policy on adult education. It explores the policy discussion at the national level from 1999 and in particular after 2005, when the New Opportunities Initiative ("Iniciativa Novas Oportunidades" in Portuguese) was adopted and European Union (EU) guidelines were given considerable emphasis. The first section discusses the empirical methodology undertaken. The second section briefly examines policy discourses since 1974, stressing dominant trends such as popular education, second-chance/compensatory education and vocational training. The third and fourth sections explore adult education and training policy discourses from the perspective of social justice. Particular attention is devoted to a specific policy instrument--the recognition of prior learning ("Reconhecimento, Validacao e Certificacao de Competencias"--RVCC), aimed at widening adult access to basic education--in the fifth section. The last section is devoted to final thoughts, in particular the contribution of the RVCC to social justice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Portugal