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Patterns of Lifelong Learning
Policy & Practice in an Expanding Europe

John Holford, Sheila Riddell, Elisabet Weedon, Judith Litjens, Guy Hannan

Studies in Lifelong Learning, Bd. 2, 2009
3s Unternehmensberatung (www.3s.co.at)
160 S., 19.90 EUR, br.,

ISBN 978-3-8258-1448-9
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For the European Union, lifelong learning has become a means of
achieving both competitiveness and social cohesion in an increasingly
knowledge-based and globalised economy. Though the concept of lifelong
learning is not new, it now coincides with a period of rapid EU
expansion. The research project the book is based on examines how
lifelong learning is understood and operationalised, especially in
countries within the area of the EU's expansion.

Europe, its policy-makers and peoples, need to know whether lifelong
learning can contribute to the construction of a European identity -
and if so, how. The research points to the importance of diverse
national contexts, which suggests a single model of lifelong learning
across the EU is unlikely to be achieved. While the EU may encourage a
common policy, and this may generate significant national policy
developments, these will be strongly influenced by national context:
institutional, political, social, ideological. Many countries will
continue - consciously or unconsciously - to pick and choose 
between different EU priorities.

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