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Conclusion: the role of lifelong learning in reducing social inequality at a time of economic crisis

Edited by Sheila Riddell

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/9781447300137.003.0008
Conclusion: the role of lifelong learning in reducing social inequality at a time of economic crisis

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Across Europe, systems of education and lifelong learning have the potential to either widen or reduce existing patterns of social inequality. The expansion of educational opportunities over the last two decades has tended to cement rather than erode social divisions. Knowledge extensive policies are required to ensure that access to higher education and lifelong learning is available to as many people as possible. In addition, there is a need to ensure that people with few or no educational qualifications have access to work which pays a living wage and ensure their social inclusion.

Keywords: Expansion of higher education; Social inequality; Knowledge extensive policies

Chapter.  5078 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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