Towards a Lifelong Learning Society in Europe: The Contribution of the Education System
The project focuses 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 are 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.