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ERIC Number: EJ838226
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-7136
The Impact of Welfare State Regimes on Barriers to Participation in Adult Education: A Bounded Agency Model
Rubenson, Kjell; Desjardins, Richard
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v59 n3 p187-207 2009
Quantitative and qualitative findings on barriers to participation in adult education are reviewed and some of the defining parameters that may explain observed national differences are considered. A theoretical perspective based on bounded agency is put forth to take account of the interaction between structurally and individually based barriers to participation. The Bounded Agency Model is premised on the assumption that the nature of welfare state regimes can affect a person's capability to participate. In particular, the state can foster broad structural conditions relevant to participation and construct targeted policy measures that are aimed at overcoming both structurally and individually based barriers. Features of the Nordic model of adult education and empirical results from the 2003 Eurobarometer are discussed in relation to this theoretical perspective. (Contains 3 tables, 3 figures, and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Austria; Belgium; Canada; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Italy; Luxembourg; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: International Adult Literacy Survey