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Beyond Rhetoric Adult Learning Policies and Practices (Complete Edition - ISBN 9264199438)

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Adults with busy lifestyles, whatever their education level or employment situation, may well ask why they should resume learning. The reality is that the changing requirements of our knowledge-based societies, skill shortages and the increasing importance of civil participation and social cohesion have imposed a challenge to continually update our skills and knowledge. Yet those who are most in need are often precisely the ones who participate least in adult learning and training programmes.

This publication aims to identify what works and what does not work in the policy and practice of adult learning, drawing on the experience of nine OECD countries: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (England). It defines the features of a desirable system of adult learning, including ways to motivate adults to learn and methods to deliver appropriate services. Some countries rely more on individual incentive mechanisms; others use national strategies and public supply; still others create incentives to encourage the private market.

This book will be indispensable to policy makers and those involved in the practice of adult learning.

Page Count: 249 Figure Count: 44 Table Count: 32
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2003-02-01

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