Universities and Engagement is a timely and insightful book that examines what universities can contribute to their communities and economies through lifelong learning, a topic which is of increasing importance to Higher Education Institutions across the world.
The book will offer an answer to the question `What can be understood by University Lifelong Learning today?' by collating the work of specialists from across Europe and beyond who have first-hand experience in the field of university engagement through continuing education. With a diverse range of expertise from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Malta, Belgium, New Zealand, Austria and the USA, readers are guaranteed a varied and informative collection of perspectives on this important topic.
Taken as a whole, the book provides a theoretical background for readers, drawing on recent research and practice examples from a variety of countries and institutional settings, as well as demonstrating a variety of conceptual approaches, confirming the diverse range of possible solutions. Key topics covered include:
research into policy and practice;
engaging with business and industry;
engaging with communities;
engaging with an ageing society;
active citizenship and regional competitiveness.
Developed in collaboration with the European University Continuing Education Network (EUCEN), Universities and Engagement is an invaluable contribution to research in the subject of lifelong learning. It will be of value to academics, practitioners and professionals with an interest in higher education and community management, and will be particularly suited to those interested in lifelong learning, adult education and community development.
John Field is an Emeritus Professor at the School of Education, University of Stirling, Scotland, working in research and graduate supervision, as well as teaching. He also serves as an Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick, and as chair of Scotland's Learning Partnership. Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha is Full Professor for Educational Science with a focus on vocational continuing education and on-the-job training at the Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen, Germany. He is Director of the Institute of Education, Member of the University Advisory Board for University Lifelong Learning and Convener of the European Network on Education and Learning of Older Adults (ELOA). Andrea Waxenegger is the Director of the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Graz, Austria, working in policy development and development of best practice in university lifelong learning, learning in later life and intergenerational learning. She is the former President of EUCEN - European University Continuing Education Network.
Introduction Section 1 - Policy - Practice - Research Chapter 1: Cultivating a culture of practitioner research in university lifelong learning: some critical reflections Josephine W. Finn Chapter 2: Research-practice partnership: improving links between research and professional practice in lifelong learning Franz Kolland, Marcus Ludescher and Andrea Waxenegger Section 2 - Engaging with business and industry Chapter 3: Alumni of vocational education as a new target group for university continuing education - chance and challenge for universities Stefan Bramer and Soeren Hirsch Chapter 4: ULLL in the business context - the project Virtual interaction with Web 2.0 in companies Marion Bruhn-Suhr and Lena Oswald Chapter 5: Lifelong learning and the Knowledge Triangle in the context of university reform. A case study Kirsti Miettinen and Hanna-Riikka Myllymaki Chapter 6: Perceived service value: implications for the viability of continuing education programmes Susan Geertshuis and Otto Krickl Chapter 7: Opening universities for lifelong learning and the challenge of diversity management: support of non-traditional students in Germany, Finland and Denmark Sabine Remdisch and Steffen Beiten Section 3 - Engaging with communities Chapter 8: When university meets community in later life: subverting hegemonic discourse and practices in higher education Carmel Borg and Marvin Formosa Chapter 9: Types and Conditions of service learning: associations with civic responsibility, self-efficacy, and well-being Jenifer K. McGuire and Melanie Brown Chapter 10: Community-based education and learning Lyn Tett Chapter 11: Lifelong learning for socially disadvantaged people Gerhild Wrann Section 4 - Engaging with an ageing society Chapter 12: Learning in later life: what can universities do? Alex Withnall Chapter 13: Intergenerational learning at the university: potentials and limitations Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha Chapter 14: Something for older people? Research-based general education and university lifelong learning Marcus Ludescher Chapter 15: Unlocking potential for later-life learning: engaging adults in their own learning in a university setting. A case study from Scotland Rob Mark, Val Bissland and Lesley Hart Chapter 16: Managing age diversity in companies: transferring competences between generations at work - Project Generation+ Jean-Marie Dujardin and David Randaxhe Chapter 17: Over-fifty returning adult learners: another neglected species? Renaud Maes and Michel Sylin Looking forward Index