Policy discourses and lifelong learning

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:
Policy discourses and lifelong learning

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This chapter identifies the range of social-policy fields in which lifelong-learning policy for people with learning difficulties is forged, and the discourses both of lifelong learning and learning difficulty that underpin them. It also focuses on the range of agencies involved in delivery of services and the ethos of these services. The chapter draws on interviews with key informants, who provide insight into how policies work out in practice, sometimes being aligned with original policy intentions and sometimes being subverted or transformed, in addition to the analysis of official policy documents. It explores some of the tensions in various policies, whereby they often pull in different directions, and the consequences for service users.

Keywords: social-policy fields; lifelong-learning policy; learning difficulties; official policy documents; service users

Chapter.  5109 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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