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Young people and contradictions of inclusionTowards Integrated Transition Policies in Europe$
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Andreu Lopez Blasco, Wallace McNeish, and Andreas Walther

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345547

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345547.001.0001

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Of roofs and knives: the dilemmas of recognising informal learning

Of roofs and knives: the dilemmas of recognising informal learning

(p.223) Twelve Of roofs and knives: the dilemmas of recognising informal learning
Young people and contradictions of inclusion

José Machado Pais

Axel Pohl

Policy Press

The European discourse on lifelong learning and competence has increasingly referred to the potentials of informal learning as being broader with regard to both contents and access than formal education and training. The recognition of informal learning is seen as a means for democratisation and equal opportunities. It also offers a connection to individual everyday life, with both its pragmatism and subjective meaningfulness. By drawing on this discourse, this chapter reflects on the properties of informal learning and on the implications of recognising it in a wider social context in a way that makes it a valuable resource of social integration. While the discussion acknowledges approaches to validate job experiences in terms of vocational training, the limitations of the formal system of education and training and its bias against the recognition of the learning potentials of young people's everyday lives can be causes for concern.

Keywords:   informal learning, social integration, vocational training, formal education, young people

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