Lifelong learning is a key government strategy - both in the UK and internationally - to promote economic growth and combat social exclusion. This book presents a highly innovative study of participation in lifelong learning and the problems which need to be overcome if lifelong learning policies are to be successful. It:
provides a systematic analysis, based on innovative empirical research, of the social and economic realities which actually determine patterns of participation in lifelong learning;
shows what the factors are that shape people's participation, or their decision not to participate;
offers new insights into the processes of lifelong learning, which have important implications for the development of more effective policies.
Gareth Rees is a Professor and the Deputy Director in the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. Stephen Gorard is a Reader in the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. Ralph Fevre is a Professor in the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. John Furlong is a Professor in the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences.
Contents: Contemporary policies for a learning society; Lifelong learning trajectories; History, place and the learning society: the case of South Wales; Patterns of individual participation in adult learning; Families and the formation of learner identities; Lifelong learning trajectories and the two dimensions of change over time. The role of informal learning with Ralph Fevre; The learning society and the economic imperative; The impact of policies to widen participation with Neil Selwyn; The prospects for a learning society.