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Beyond rhetoric Adult learning policies and practices - Patterns of participation and provision : Assessing needs

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This chapter offers an overview of patterns and profiles of participation and provision in adult learning across the countries included in the thematic review. It shows how adults who follow learning activities do it mostly for employment-related reasons and in short training spells. Learning concentrates in specific subgroups of the population, such as those with higher educational attainment, employed in white-collar high-skilled occupations or working in larger firms or those at the forefront of the knowledge-based economy. The broad range of adult learning providers includes private, public and quasi non-governmental institutions, with enterprises playing a vital role in the process. There are similar patterns of participation across countries - and therefore similar gaps in provision for specific groups of adults who might require further learning opportunities...

Page Count: 34

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: February 1, 2003



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