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Higher Education and Lifelong Learning : International Perspectives on Change - Hans Schuetze

Higher Education and Lifelong Learning

International Perspectives on Change

By: Hans Schuetze (Editor), Maria Slowey (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th January 2001
ISBN: 9780415247948
Number Of Pages: 256

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Responding to the emerging needs of lifelong learners arguably represents one of the most fundamental challenges facing higher education systems of the countries of the developing world. At the start of the new century the concept of Lifelong Learning may indeed be counted as one of the the key organising concepts underlying public policy in many countries. The interpretation of the concept, however, remains highly contested.
This timely book throws new light on the dramatic changes taking place in higher education through an exploration of the participation of non-traditional students in ten countries. Among others, the following areas are explored:
* the complex reality behind the statistics on participation in higher education in five European countries (Austria, Germany, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom), North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand
* contrasting perceptions of lifelong learning
* changing patterns of participation by adults in higher education
* national and institutional policies and innovations to accommodate non-traditional students and new forms of study
* conclusions for policy, practice and research
Higher Education for Lifelong Learners will be of interest to academics, researchers and students involved with higher education, lifelong learning, and comparative education as well as policy makers, educational managers and administrators. The contributions reveal a remarkable transformation in the student body and in the way learners pursue their studies, highlighting the international impact of increasing marketisation and differentiation on the nature of the higher education accessible to potential lifelong learners.

List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. viii
Notes on contributorsp. x
Introduction: comparative perspectivesp. 1
Traditions and new directions in higher education: a comparative perspective on non-traditional students and lifelong learnersp. 3
Europep. 25
Austria: the enduring myth of the full-time student: an exploration of the reality of participation patterns in Austrian universitiesp. 27
Germany: non-traditional students in German higher education: situation, profiles, policies and perspectivesp. 48
Ireland: adult learners and non-traditional students in Irish higher educationp. 67
Sweden: non-traditional students in higher education in Sweden: from recurrent education to lifelong learningp. 83
The United Kingdom: redefining the non-traditional student: equity and lifelong learning in British higher education, 1985-2000p. 101
North Americap. 125
Canada: higher education and lifelong learning in Canada: re-interpreting the notions of 'traditional' and 'non-traditional' students in the context of a 'knowledge society'p. 127
The United States: heterogeneity of the student body and the meaning of 'non-traditional' in US higher educationp. 149
Australia, Japan and New Zealandp. 171
Australia: higher education and lifelong learning: an Australian perspectivep. 173
Japan: from traditional higher education to lifelong learning: changes in higher education in Japanp. 195
New Zealand: the impact of market forces in the quest for lifelong learning in New Zealand universitiesp. 217
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ISBN: 9780415247948
ISBN-10: 0415247942
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 11th January 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1