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Competing perspectives on lifelong learning and their implications for people with learning difficulties

Sheila Riddell, Stephen Baron and Alastair Wilson

in The Learning Society and people with learning difficulties

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342232
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303886 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861342232.003.0001
Competing perspectives on lifelong learning and their implications for people with learning difficulties

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This chapter explores the ways in which learning difficulties are understood at the present time, demonstrating the inadequacy of explanations based solely on biological or social constructions. It argues that it is possible to discern many versions of a Learning Society, each having particular connotations for people with learning difficulties and wider implications for the future nature of citizenship. The chapter explores the range of education, training, and employment opportunities available to people with learning difficulties. It aims not only to understand the contexts and experiences of this significant minority but also, through the analysis of the group specifically marginalized in a Learning Society, to understand the nature of that type of society more generally.

Keywords: learning difficulties; social constructions; Learning Society; education; employment opportunities

Chapter.  6618 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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