Higher Education and the Lifecourse

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2003-10-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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"key arguments for policy and practice for lifelong learning in higher education."Higher Education DigestAt the beginning of the 21st century it is increasingly clear to professionals at all levels of formal and informal education that we need to refresh the concept of lifelong learning. Most importantly, the concept needs to be expanded so that it is lifelong and lifewide, concerned not just with serial requirements of those already engaged, but also with the creation of opportunities for those who have not found the existing structures and processes accessible or useful.This book discusses resulting arguments about policy and practice in three parts: Part One focuses on the lifelong dimension, addressing in particular the changing nature of the student population. Part Two investigates the lifewide connections between higher education and other areas of social and economic life. Part Three offers a structural analysis, based on research on changing needs of learners, and setting out some key implications for higher education.Higher Education and the Lifecourseprovides a timely analysis of the higher education sector and will be an important resource for graduate students, researchers, policy makers and senior managers within the fields of higher and post-compulsory education.

Author Biography

Maria Slowey is Professor and Director of Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Glasgow. Her research is in the areas of adult and higher education and lifelong learning. She plays an active national role including membership of the Cubie Committee on the Student Finance,SHEFC and HEFCE Committees, and the ESRC Research Priorities Board. At an international level she has acted as consultant to OECD, the EC, the Council of Europe, and the ETF.

David Watson has been Vice Chancellor of the University of Brighton since 1990 where he is also Professor of the History of Ideas. He has contributed widely to developments in UK higher education, as a member of the CNAA, PCFC, HEFCE and the Dearing Committee of Inquiry. His academic interests are in the history of American ideas and in higher education policy, on which he has published extensively.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgements ix
Notes on contributors xi
List of acronyms
List of figures and tables
Editors' introduction xix
Maria Slowey
David Watson
Section I: Higher education and lifelong learning
Euro Student 2000: comparisons with the United Kingdom
Brian Ramsden
Getting real: evidence on access and achievement?
John Field
Disabled students in higher education: legislation, teaching, learning and assessment
Sheila Riddell
Teresa Tinklin
Alastair Wilson
Rurality and higher education: a conceptual analysis
Neil Moreland
Joyce Chamberlain
Kepa Artaraz
Section II: Higher education and lifewide learning
Student feedback, learning and development
Dai Hounsell
Reconstructing students as consumers: power and assimilation?
Louise Morley
Self-directed learning on-line
Philip Candy
Access to what? Opportunities in education and employment
John Brennan
Tarla Shah
Section III: Perspectives
The global challenge
Brenda Gourley
Higher education and civil society
Maria Slowey
The university and life-chances
David Watson
Learning through life - higher education and the lifecourse of individuals
Andrew Pollard
Bibliography 187(16)
Index 203

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