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Fackförbunden och livslångt lärande: Kritisk analys av livslångt lärande ur ett fackligt perspektiv
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Lifelong learning (LLL), a concept dating back to the 1920s, is much used both by the OECD, UNESCO and the EU. But while intergovernmental think-tanks and supranational organisations often use the term in a positive sense, many (not least scholars) are critical of the term. The critique either deals with the lack of a universal definition, that the implicit responsibility for LLL has shifted onto the individual, or that the meaning of the term has shifted from a humanistic one linked to the personal development and a better society to a neoliberal one that involves growth, competition, globalisation and human capital theory. This study is based on interviews with nine trade union representatives on their understandings of lifelong learning. The results showed that while LLL was positively viewed by most, there was virtually no communication vis-à-vis members on the topic, most trade unions have no policy regarding LLL, and responses from representatives were sometimes self-conflicting.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
lifelong learning, growth, power, neoliberal, humanistic
National Category
Social Sciences Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58046OAI: diva2:546672
Subject / course
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-08-24 Created: 2012-08-24 Last updated: 2012-12-05Bibliographically approved

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