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The sociodemographic obstacles to participating in lifelong learning across Europe

Edited by Péter Róbert

in Lifelong learning in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9781447300137
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307709 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447300137.003.0005
The sociodemographic obstacles to participating in lifelong learning across Europe

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Based on large scale survey analysis, this chapter argues that there is a relationship between overall levels of participation and the level of inequalities that exist in access to formal adult education. In countries where overall levels of participation are high, there are fewer socio-economic and demographic barriers than in countries with overall low levels of participation. There is strong support for the idea of bounded agency, in which individual biographies, including decisions to return to education, are strongly shaped by the over-arching social structures, including the welfare regime, within particular countries.

Keywords: Barriers to lifelong learning; Individual biographies; Welfare regimes; Bounded agency

Chapter.  6104 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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