A European lens upon adult and lifelong learning in Asia

Osborne, M. and Borkowska, K. (2017) A European lens upon adult and lifelong learning in Asia. Asia Pacific Education Review, 18(2), pp. 269-280. (doi: 10.1007/s12564-017-9479-4)

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In this article, we seek to assess the extent to which adult and lifelong learning policies and practices in Asia have distinctiveness by comparison to those found in western societies, through an analysis of inter-governmental, national and regional policies in the field. We also inform our study through the analysis of the work of organisations with an international remit with a specific focus on Asia and Europe. In one case, the Asia–Europe Meeting Lifelong Learning (ASEM LLL) Hub has a specific function of bringing together researchers in Asia and Europe. In another, the PASCAL Observatory has had a particular focus on one aspect of lifelong learning, that of learning cities, with a concentration in its work on Asia and Europe. We focus on learning city development as a particular case of distinction in the field. We seek to identify the extent to which developments in the field in Asia have influenced and have been influenced by practices elsewhere in world, especially in Europe, and undertake our analysis using theories of societal learning/the learning society, learning communities and life-deep learning. We complement our analysis through assessment of material contained in three dominant journals in the field, the International Journal of Lifelong Education, the International Review of Education and Adult Education Quarterly, each edited in the west.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Osborne, Professor Michael and Borkowska, Dr Katarzyna
Authors: Osborne, M., and Borkowska, K.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > People, Place & Social Change
Journal Name:Asia Pacific Education Review
ISSN (Online):1876-407X
Published Online:13 May 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Asia Pacific Education Review 18(2):269-280
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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