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Towards a Lifelong Learning Society in Europe: The Contribution of the Education System

Objective

In contemporary Europe lifelong learning is identified as the mean to retain economic competitiveness but also achieve social cohesion. Despite the consensus about the centrality and desirability of lifelong learning the concept has a wide range of meanings. Formal systems for its delivery are diverse and vary at national and regional levels and for particular social groups. For the implementation of Lisbon strategy comparative research on the manifestations of lifelong learning policies and practices and relevant individual experiences are needed at European, national and local level. The project focuses on the contribution of the education systems to the process of making lifelong learning a reality and its role as an agency of social integration. We will carry out a joint research agenda to understand better the tensions between the knowledge-based society, lifelong learning and social inclusion in the context of enlargement of the EU and globalisation; provide an empirically based analysis of lifelong learning policies in Europe and their implications for different social groups; develop relevant policy proposals for lifelong learning strategies to decrease social exclusion on the European and national level and identify their implications to relevant areas of social and economic policies. Within the project empirical studies will be carried out with regard to macro, meso and micro levels in order to take into account macro-structural factors and national policies as well as institutional factors and actors' motivation and actions. Analyses will be based a survey of adult learners in schools and universities and data from Adult Education Survey; interviews with schools' management and officials from education ministries; interviews with SME management. The project will integrate into a coherent picture different aspects - historical, political, institutional, economic, individual and methodological - related to participation in and access to lifelong learning.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-CITIZENS-3
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

TALLINN UNIVERSITY
Address
Narva Str. 25
Tallinn
Estonia

Participants (15)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
Oude Markt 13
Leuven
THE UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
Address

Guildford
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Address
Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh
ST. PATRICK'S COLLEGE
Ireland
Address
Drumcondra
Dublin 9
FAFO INSTITUTE FOR LABOUR AND SOCIAL RESEARCH
Norway
Address
Borggata 2B
2947 Toeyen Oslo
SLOVENIAN INSTITUTE FOR ADULT EDUCATION
Slovenia
Address
Smartinska 134A
Ljubljana
TARKI RT SOCIAL RESEARCH CENTRE
Hungary
Address
Budaörsi Ut. 45
PF. 71 H-1112. Budapest
MYKOLAS ROMERIS UNIVERSITY (FORMER LAW UNIVERSITY OF LITHUANIA)
Lithuania
Address
Ateities 20
Vilnius
INSTITUTE OF SOCIOLOGY, BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
Address
13A Moskovska Str.
Sofia
STATE UNIVERSITY OF ST.PETERSBURG
Russia
Address
Universitetskaya Nab., 7/9
St. Petersburg
3S RESEARCH LABORATORY
Austria
Address
Wiedner Hauptstrasse 18
Wien
NATIONAL TRAINING FUND
Czechia
Address
Opletalova 25
Prague 1
INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
Lithuania
Address
Saltoniskiu 58
Vilnius
UNIVERSITY FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION
Austria
Address
Dr Karl Dorrek Strasse 30
Krems
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
Address
University Park
Nottingham