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Beyond rhetoric Adult learning policies and practices - Issues in adult learning

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Adult learning is not a new idea, but one that has been evolving for centuries. Efforts are now under way to examine the issues in a lifelong learning perspective. The different views of what adult learning involves - including formal, informal and non-formal learning, learning for personal and professional reasons, full time or part time - make the analysis challenging. Taking account of all that adult learning implies is an important issue in public policy making because of the wide range of needs to be addressed and the range of actors and policy areas that are involved. This chapter describes the policy rationale and presents the key issues that were analysed for the comparative report - issues having to do with strengthening the incentives and motivation for adults to learn, improving the delivery of adult learning, and promoting a better integration of the supply and demand...

Page Count: 19

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: February 1, 2003


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