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Lifelong Learning Policies for Young Adults in Europe: Navigating between Knowledge and Economy

Marcelo Parreira do Amaral, Siyka Kovacheva, and Xavier Rambla


This comprehensive collection discusses topical issues essential to both scholarship and policy making in the realm of Lifelong Learning policies and how far they succeed in supporting young people across their life courses, rather than one-sidedly fostering human capital for the economy. Examining specific regional and local contexts across Europe, all various in context, this book uses original research to evaluate differences in scope, approach, orientation, and objectives. It enquires into the embedding of LLL policies into the regional economy, the labour market, education and training sy ... More

Keywords: Young adults, lifelong learning policies, Europe, Life Course Research, Regional policies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781447350361
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447350361.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marcelo Parreira do Amaral, editor
University of Münster

Siyka Kovacheva, editor
University of Plovdiv

Xavier Rambla, editor
Autonomous University of Barcelona

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Part I Lifelong learning between knowledge and economy

2 Coordinated policy-making in lifelong learning: functional regions as dynamic units

Marcelo Parreira do Amaral, Kevin Lowden, Valeria Pandolfini and Nikolas Schöneck*

Part II Lifelong learning supporting young adults

4 Young adults as a target group of lifelong learning policies

Xavier Rambla, Dejana Bouillet and Borislava Petkova

6 Governing the normalisation of young adults through lifelong learning policies

Risto Rinne, Heikki Silvennoinen, Tero Järvinen and Jenni Tikkanen

7 Tackling vulnerability through lifelong learning policies?

Thomas Verlage, Valentina Milenkova and Ana Bela Ribeiro

8 Are lifelong learning policies working for youth? Young people’s voices

Siyka Kovacheva, Judith Jacovkis, Sonia Startari and Anna Siri

Part III Young adults’ experiences of lifelong learning in the European Union


Siyka Kovacheva, Xavier Rambla and Marcelo Parreira do Amaral

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