Lifelong learning 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:
Lifelong learning for people with learning difficulties

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This chapter considers the nature of post-transitional educational services for people with learning difficulties. It notes that these services may be seen as part of the lifelong-learning policy agenda that is being promoted increasingly within the UK and other European states. The chapter considers the current rationale for lifelong learning, particularly its status as the prime means of challenging social exclusion as well as enhancing economic productivity. It discusses the way in which lifelong learning has become a major player in the world of ‘joined-up policy’, associated with diverse fields including employment, urban regeneration, housing, and health. The chapter furthermore discusses the range of agencies delivering lifelong learning to people with learning difficulties in the context of their service ethos and modus operandi. It also considers the ways in which a range of services are experienced by people with learning difficulties and the extent to which these services actually enhance their social inclusion.

Keywords: educational services; learning difficulties; European states; social exclusion; economic productivity; joined-up policy; employment; urban regeneration; housing and health; service ethos

Chapter.  9496 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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