Systemic obstacles to lifelong learning: the influence of the educational system design on learning attitudes


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Author: Lavrijsen, Jeroen; Nicaise, Ides


Comparative research has often emphasized the importance of external barriers (e.g. enrolment costs) to explain inequalities in lifelong learning participation. However, individuals, in particular the low educated, are often not only prevented from participation by external barriers, but also by negative psychological dispositions about learning. In this article, [the authors] study how dispositions about learning as measured in PIAAC (2012) vary between countries. In particular, [the authors] assess how these cross-country differences are related to a number of design characteristics of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Participation; Lifelong learning; Governance; Students; Teaching and learning

Keywords: Attitude; Perception; Barrier; Learning motivation; Education and training system; Educational background; Compulsory education; OECD country

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 39

Journal number: 2

Journal date: July 2017

Pages: pp. 176-196

ISSN: 0158-037X, 1470-126X (online)

Special issue: 'Advancing theory and research in widening participation', guest edited by Ellen Boeren and Nalita James.

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 128.680

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