Adults who do not want to participate in learning: a cross-national European analysis of their perceived barriers


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Author: Roosmaa, Eve-Liis; Saar, Ellu


This article explores cross-national differences in the intensity of perceived barriers to adult learning in Europe focusing on the barriers recognised by those not participating and having no intention to do so. This relatively large subgroup has received scant scholarly attention, yet exploring their participation barriers is critical for policies aimed at encouraging learning activity. The authors propose a country typology of adult learning based on earlier typologies of welfare state regimes, varieties of capitalism and models of lifelong learning. Multilevel analysis of 19 European...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Participation; Lifelong learning; Teaching and learning; Research; Policy; Culture and society

Keywords: Barrier; Perception; Adult learning; Comparative analysis; Policy implications

Geographic subjects: Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 36

Journal number: 3

Journal date: May-June 2017

Pages: pp. 254-277

ISSN: 0260-1370, 1464-519X (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 128.690

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