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Innovations in Lifelong Learning: Critical Perspectives on Diversity, Participation and Vocational Learning

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Setting out some of the key debates and issues about innovations in lifelong learning, this book critically considers a range of sometimes competing perspectives. The book is organised in three sections, interlinked by the key themes of the book:

• cultural and other diversities

• social justice

• pedagogies and practices

• lifelong learning policies

• global economic and social contexts

• international perspectives

The book opens up ways to engage critically in what counts as innovatory practice in lifelong learning, locating a critical discussion of innovations in lifelong learning within an international and global framework.

The first section of the book explores ‘learning communities’ in their diverse forms. Through community learning in Africa, men’s sheds in Australia and the Women’s Institute in the UK, the authors argue that cultural, gender and other diversities create both opportunities and challenges for innovations in lifelong learning, and that the innovative practices of informal learning can lead the way towards more inclusive ‘mainstream’ education. It outlines innovative frameworks that provide a broader perspective, incorporating issues of democracy, citizenship and social justice for diverse communities of learners.

Section two centralises debates about learning participation and apparent non-participation, critically engaging with what are increasingly being seen as key issues in current lifelong learning policies: literacy, numeracy and information technologies. The section shows how more innovative pedagogic practices can increase participation for diverse groups of learners, including older learners.

The final section turns to work-based learning and learning through work, drawing on issues of diversity, participation and non-participation already explored in earlier sections. Arguing for ways to widen participation for a sometimes forgotten group of learners, it explores the negotiations and re-negotiations between employers, learners and universities.

All those working in the broad field of lifelong learning will benefit from Sue Jackson’s comprehensive examination of the current debates in the field. These will include policy-makers, researchers, teachers, lecturers, educational managers and employers engaged with work-based learning.

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Editorial Reviews

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'The book has a wealth of material in it and deserves to be read widely; it is well produced with a useful index.' - Alan Rogers, International Review of Education 2012
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415548793
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Jackson is is Professor of Lifelong Learning and Gender at Birkbeck, University of London, and Director of Birkbeck Institute for Lifelong Learning. She has published widely in the field of lifelong learning, and her recent book with Penny Burke, published by Routledge, Reconceptualising Lifelong Learning: feminist interventions (Routledge 2007), has been nominated for an award for outstanding literature in adult education.

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Table of Contents

Section I: Learning Communities Introduction Sue Jackson 1. Toward Inclusive Education Shibao Guo and Zenobia Jamal 2. Informal Community Learning in Traditional Africa Mejai Avoseh 3. Beyond the Home: Informal Learning and Community Participation for Older Women Jan Etienne and Sue Jackson 4. Men’s Informal Learning and Wellbeing Beyond the Workplace Barry Golding Conclusions Sue Jackson Section II: Participation and Non-Participation Introduction Sue Jackson 5. Women, Learning and Equity Patricia A. Gouthro 6. A Field of Flowers and Broken Glass Lisa M. Baumgartner and Juanita Johnson-Bailey 7. Senior Learners and the University Keith Percy and Fiona Frank 8. Counting me in and Getting On Yvonne Hillier Section III: Access and Equity in Aotearoa/New Zealand Introduction Sue Jackson 9. Access and Equity in Aotearoa /New Zealand Gemma Piercy 10. Changing Power Relations in Work Based Learning Jon Talbot 11. Women of the Diaspora Mary V Alfred 12. Developing Capacity in Workers Jacqueline McManus Conclusions Sue Jackson Conclusions: So Where are the Innovations in Lifelong Learning? Sue Jackson

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