GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON HIGHER EDUCATION AND LIFELONG LEARNERS

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Global Perspectives On Higher Education And Lifelong Learners

Author : Hans Georg Schütze
ISBN : 9780415675086
Genre : Education
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The global expansion of participation rates in higher education continue more or less unabated. However, while the concept of lifelong learning has figured prominently in national and international educational policy discourse for more than three decades, its implications for the field of higher education has remained relatively underdeveloped. This book focuses on a particular dimension of the lifelong learning: higher education for those who have not progressed directly from school to higher education. Some will embark on undergraduate programmes as mature students, part-time and/or distance students; others wish to return to higher education after having completed (or not completed) a previous academic programme, while increasing numbers participate in postgraduate and continuing studies for a complex mix of professional and personal reasons. Adopting a comparative and international longitudinal perspective which goes beyond a snapshot view by building on the cases of a core group of ten OECD countries, this timely book investigates the ways in which important new developments impacting on higher education crystallise around the lifelong learning agenda: new technology and open source resources; the changing role of the state and market in higher education; the blurring of public and private boundaries; issues of equity and access in a time of global economic turmoil; the increased emphasis on research and international league tables; the changing nature of the education; and, the complex interaction of international, national and regional expectations which governments and other stakeholders have of universities and other public and private institutions of higher education. While focussing on the situation in Canada, USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and a wide variety of European countries, the book also assesses the issues from the perspective of developing countries.
Category: Education

Universities And Engagement

Author : John Field
ISBN : 9781317580850
Genre : Education
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Universities and Engagement is a timely and insightful book that examines what universities can contribute to their communities and economies through lifelong learning, a topic which is of increasing importance to Higher Education Institutions across the world. The book will offer an answer to the question ‘What can be understood by University Lifelong Learning today?’ by collating the work of specialists from across Europe and beyond who have first-hand experience in the field of university engagement through continuing education. With a diverse range of expertise from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Malta, Belgium, New Zealand, Austria and the USA, readers are guaranteed a varied and informative collection of perspectives on this important topic. Taken as a whole, the book provides a theoretical background for readers, drawing on recent research and practice examples from a variety of countries and institutional settings, as well as demonstrating a variety of conceptual approaches, confirming the diverse range of possible solutions. Key topics covered include: research into policy and practice; engaging with business and industry; engaging with communities; engaging with an ageing society; active citizenship and regional competitiveness. Developed in collaboration with the European University Continuing Education Network (EUCEN), Universities and Engagement is an invaluable contribution to research in the subject of lifelong learning. It will be of value to academics, practitioners and professionals with an interest in higher education and community management, and will be particularly suited to those interested in lifelong learning, adult education and community development.
Category: Education

Higher Education And Lifelong Learners

Author : Hans Georg Schütze
ISBN : 9780415247931
Genre : Education
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Responding to the emerging needs of lifelong learners arguably represents one of the most fundamental challenges facing higher education systems of the countries of the developing world. At the start of the new century the concept of Lifelong Learning may indeed be counted as one of the the key organising concepts underlying public policy in many countries. The interpretation of the concept, however, remains highly contested. This timely book throws new light on the dramatic changes taking place in higher education through an exploration of the participation of "non-traditional" students in ten countries. Among others, the following areas are explored: * the complex reality behind the statistics on participation in higher education in five European countries (Austria, Germany, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom), North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand * contrasting perceptions of lifelong learning * changing patterns of participation by adults in higher education * national and institutional policies and innovations to accommodate non-traditional students and new forms of study * conclusions for policy, practice and research Higher Education for Lifelong Learners will be of interest to academics, researchers and students involved with higher education, lifelong learning, and comparative education as well as policy makers, educational managers and administrators. The contributions reveal a remarkable transformation in the student body and in the way learners pursue their studies, highlighting the international impact of increasing marketisation and differentiation on the nature of the higher education accessible to potential lifelong learners.
Category: Education

Global Perspectives On Adult Education And Learning Policy

Author : Marcella Milana
ISBN : 9781137388254
Genre : Education
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The worldwide appearance and expression of adult education and lifelong learning have changed significantly during the past 20 years. This book explores recent changes in their related national and international policies, how they intersect with developments in higher education and how they may contribute to debates on citizenship and democracy.
Category: Education

International Perspectives On Lifelong Learning

Author : Hans Georg Schütze
ISBN : 0335210031
Genre : Education
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Lifelong learning is now high on most governments' policy agendas. But how much progress has been made in developing lifelong learning over the past thirty years, and what are the current challenges to policy-makers? This book draws upon an exceptional range of authoritative academics and policy analysts to address international policy research in the field of lifelong learning. It is broad in its scope, in its conceptions of lifelong learning, its sources of evidence, and the range of issues covered. These include globalization, social capital, organizational learning, adult literacy and educational policy-making over the last three decades. It tackles themes central to the international debate about education and the knowledge society, and provides hard-nosed analysis of trend and models of policy and practice in different OECD countries. It clarifies the current issues and sets a future global agenda for lifelong learning in the knowledge society. "I hope politicians, education managers and all those concerned with lifelong learning across the world will read this book and reflect on its findings." (Tessa Blackstone, Minister of State for Education and Employment, UK, 1997-2001)
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Higher Education And Lifelong Learning

Author : Hans Schuetze
ISBN : 9781135132286
Genre : Education
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Responding to the emerging needs of lifelong learners arguably represents one of the most fundamental challenges facing higher education systems of the countries of the developing world. At the start of the new century the concept of Lifelong Learning may indeed be counted as one of the the key organising concepts underlying public policy in many countries. The interpretation of the concept, however, remains highly contested. This timely book throws new light on the dramatic changes taking place in higher education through an exploration of the participation of "non-traditional" students in ten countries. Among others, the following areas are explored: * the complex reality behind the statistics on participation in higher education in five European countries (Austria, Germany, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom), North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand * contrasting perceptions of lifelong learning * changing patterns of participation by adults in higher education * national and institutional policies and innovations to accommodate non-traditional students and new forms of study * conclusions for policy, practice and research Higher Education for Lifelong Learners will be of interest to academics, researchers and students involved with higher education, lifelong learning, and comparative education as well as policy makers, educational managers and administrators. The contributions reveal a remarkable transformation in the student body and in the way learners pursue their studies, highlighting the international impact of increasing marketisation and differentiation on the nature of the higher education accessible to potential lifelong learners.
Category: Education

International Perspectives On Lifelong Learning

Author : Griffin, Colin (Senior Lecturer in Adult Education, University of Surrey)
ISBN : 9781136358630
Genre : Education
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Taking an international perspective, the authors examine the theoretical and practical aspects of lifelong learning. A number of issues and key areas of debate are addressed in different national and international contexts and case studies are provided from countries including Hong Kong.
Category: Education

Learning To Learn

Author : Ruth Deakin Crick
ISBN : 9781135135621
Genre : Education
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Learning to Learn provides a much needed overview and international guide to the field of learning to learn from a multidisciplinary lifelong and lifewide perspective. A wealth of research has been flourishing on this key educational goal in recent years. Internationally, it is considered to be one of the key competencies needed to compete in the global economy, but also a crucial factor for individual and social well-being. This book draws on leading international contributors to provide a cutting-edge overview of current thinking on learning to learn research, policy, and implementation in both formal and informal learning environments. But what learning to learn is exactly, and what its constituting elements are, are much debated issues. These seem to be the crucial questions if assessment and development of this 'malleable side of intelligence' are to be accomplished. The approach of this volume is to consider a broad conception of learning to learn, not confined to only study strategies or metacognition, yet acknowledging the importance of such elements. The book sets out to answer five main questions: What is learning to learn? What are its functions and how do we assess it? What does it promise to the individual and society at large? How is it conceived in national curricula internationally? How can it be developed in a variety of contexts? The text is organized into two parts: the first addresses the core question of the nature of learning to learn from a theoretical and policy viewpoint, and the second presents recent research carried out in several educational systems, with special attention to assessment and curriculum. It gives an account of pedagogical practices of learning to learn and its role in individual empowerment from childhood to adulthood. Contributors also highlight the potential use of learning to learn as an organizing concept for lifelong learning, school improvement, and teacher training along with potential conflicts with existing incentive practices and policies. This book is a vital starting point and guide for any advanced student or researcher looking to understand this important area of research.
Category: Education

Higher Education In Virtual Worlds

Author : Charles Wankel
ISBN : 9781849506090
Genre : Education
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Higher Education in Virtual Worlds: Teaching and Learning in Second Life provides a forum for discussing these and other issues, focusing on the use of Second Life. For those who have already experimented with virtual worlds, there are case studies and ideas for implementing effective learning experiences. For readers who have not yet entered virtual reality, there are suggestions for overcoming the potential barriers. This book will be of value to educators from a wide range of disciplines, including the academic community, training and development managers, and companies with corporate universities looking to reduce their costs through the use of technology and distance learning.
Category: Education

Global Perspectives On Educational Leadership Reform

Author : Anthony H. Normore
ISBN : 9780857244468
Genre : Education
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This volume focuses on educational reform, leadership development programs and professional development processes intended to prepare and develop prospective and practicing educational leaders into leadership positions and examines issues that affect leaders serving in the role of educational leader/learner.
Category: Education