development in late career: a European perspective
C Lahn, University of Education, Oslo, Norway
is a gap between the political and public interest in issues of late career
and the contributions from HRD-research. In this article a review is made
of the literature on cognitive ageing and learning abilities in an occupational
context. Multidimensional and non-linear perspectives are increasingly
replacing models of late career as a period of declining expertise. Data
from a EU research project “Working life changes and the training of older
workers” (WORKTOW) supports such a redefinition. It also challenges
some of the optimistic scenarios for late career that are held out
by the literature on “boundaryless careers”. A socio-cultural framework
that is more sensitive to the institutional and cultural diversity of
a European age-aware HRD is asked for.
presented at the 4th conference on human resource development research
and practice across Europe: Lifelong learning for a knowledge based society.
Toulouse 23-24 May 2003. (Abstract; full paper incl. in CD-ROM).