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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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Conclusion: the role of lifelong learning in reducing social inequality at a time of economic crisis

Conclusion: the role of lifelong learning in reducing social inequality at a time of economic crisis

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(p.151) Eight Conclusion: the role of lifelong learning in reducing social inequality at a time of economic crisis
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Lifelong learning in Europe
Author(s):
Sheila Riddell
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300137.003.0008

Across Europe, systems of education and lifelong learning have the potential to either widen or reduce existing patterns of social inequality. The expansion of educational opportunities over the last two decades has tended to cement rather than erode social divisions. Knowledge extensive policies are required to ensure that access to higher education and lifelong learning is available to as many people as possible. In addition, there is a need to ensure that people with few or no educational qualifications have access to work which pays a living wage and ensure their social inclusion.

Keywords:   Expansion of higher education, Social inequality, Knowledge extensive policies

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