Adult learning and qualifications in Britain


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Author: Jenkins, Andrew


The importance of people gaining new, and high-level, qualifications in adulthood has been much emphasised in policy rhetoric. It is widely assumed that adults should engage in learning throughout their working life in order to adapt to changing conditions in the labour market and to ensure that national economies remain competitive in a global skills race. Educational researchers have frequently been rather sceptical about the numbers who actually achieve such upgrading in practice and have been critical of the feasibility and relevance of policies which attempt to address this issue....  [+] Show more

Subjects: Lifelong learning; Qualifications; Participation; Skills and knowledge; Teaching and learning

Keywords: Skill upgrading; Training participation rate; Educational level; Adult learning

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 30

Journal number: 4

Journal date: January-June 2017

Pages: pp. 445-455

ISSN: 1363-9080, 1469-9435 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 129.161

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