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Lifelong learning in EuropeEquity and efficiency in the balance$
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Sheila Riddell and Jorg Markowitsch

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300137

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300137.001.0001

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Lifelong learning and the generation of human and social capital

Lifelong learning and the generation of human and social capital

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(p.1) One Lifelong learning and the generation of human and social capital
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Lifelong learning in Europe
Author(s):
Sheila Riddell, Elisabet Weedon
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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300137.003.0001

This chapter sets out the broad problematic of the book, which explores how lifelong learning is understood and enacted across Europe and how this is changing over time. Tensions between understandings of lifelong learning as a generator of human capital and social capital are explored. Different conceptions of lifelong learning, the learning society and social inclusion are examined in the context of evolving EU lifelong learning policy. It is argued that the Lisbon Strategy goal of achieving ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’ has been only partially achieved, and future progress is threatened by the ongoing economic crisis.

Keywords:   Lifelong learning, Learning society, Human capital, Social capital

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