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Lifelong Learning 2010

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Towards a Lifelong Learning Society in Europe: The Contribution of the Education System. Project was finalised in February 2011 and involved at different stages all in all contribution of 110 persons. We are very much grateful to International Advisory Board members and the European Commission reviewers for their input. And our special thanks to Eurostat for consulting the project in regard to international datasets.

The project focused on the contribution of the education system to the implementation of lifelong learning and its role as a potential agent of social integration in Europe. Its aims and objectives were to study the effect of country-specific institutions on access of adults to the education system and to assess the effectiveness of access policies and practices in different EU member, as well as in associated countries and their implications for the creation of European knowledge society.

The project suggests a new evolutionary approach. Country-specific institutional systems are closely interrelated and complementary. These country-specific institutional 'packages' should shape the opportunities for lifelong learning and yield different outcomes of analogous political reforms. Thus, the development of lifelong learning policies and education systems can only be properly analysed by taking into account the mutual interdependence of institutional settings as well as different policies connected with lifelong learning within the country.

The study was carried out on three levels: macro, meso and micro in order to look at the interaction and relationship between macro-structural factors, national policies, institutional factors and adults as potential learners. Data was collected from three different types of sources: (a) individuals (a survey of adult learners in schools and universities - ALifE 2007; data from Eurostat Adult Education Survey 2007 and Labour Force Survey ad-hoc module on lifelong learning 2003); (b) education institutions (interviews with schools' management, officials of education ministries); (c) enterprises (interviews with SME management). The methodological aims of the project were an assessment of indicators used in Eurostat driven EU Adult Education Survey (2007) and an elaboration of indicators to be used for monitoring lifelong learning in formal education settings.

To access quantitative data collected by project partners on adult learners in 12 European countries - Survey of Adult Learner in Formal Education (ALifE 2007) - pealse contact us by e-mail: roosmaa [at]

For main results please see "Publications" and Final Integrated Report.

Project Office:

Project coordinator Prof Ellu Saar

Department of Social Stratification

Institute of International and Social Studies

Tallinn University

Uus-Sadama 5, 10120 Tallinn, ESTONIA

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