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Back to school: The rise of adult higher education in the context lifelong learning in five European countries

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The European Union has, since 1995, released a variety of normative policy statements regarding the importance of lifelong learning. Within these statements, adult higher education is highlighted as a key to each member state's ability to adapt to a changing socioeconomic context and the emergence of a knowledge economy. The statements encourage member states to step outside of the school-work-retirement framework and acknowledge that a return to higher education later in life will become more and more frequent as modern adults respond to a new the demands of a changing economy. A close look at adult higher education in the UK, Sweden, Spain, Norway, and France begs the question: Why the need for such policy statements? Each of these countries has, in response to their own socioeconomic context, allowed adult higher education to develop according to demand from individuals and the business community. The paper assesses whether this is indicative of a larger issue with governance and policy-making in the EU—that normative directives from an international organization cannot possibly hold much sway with nations that have a long history of facing and addressing their own economic realities.
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Hutchens, Mary. "Back to school: The rise of adult higher education in the context lifelong learning in five European countries" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 01, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494202_index.html>

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Hutchens, M. K. , 2011-05-01 "Back to school: The rise of adult higher education in the context lifelong learning in five European countries" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494202_index.html

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Abstract: The European Union has, since 1995, released a variety of normative policy statements regarding the importance of lifelong learning. Within these statements, adult higher education is highlighted as a key to each member state's ability to adapt to a changing socioeconomic context and the emergence of a knowledge economy. The statements encourage member states to step outside of the school-work-retirement framework and acknowledge that a return to higher education later in life will become more and more frequent as modern adults respond to a new the demands of a changing economy. A close look at adult higher education in the UK, Sweden, Spain, Norway, and France begs the question: Why the need for such policy statements? Each of these countries has, in response to their own socioeconomic context, allowed adult higher education to develop according to demand from individuals and the business community. The paper assesses whether this is indicative of a larger issue with governance and policy-making in the EU—that normative directives from an international organization cannot possibly hold much sway with nations that have a long history of facing and addressing their own economic realities.


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