Lifelong Learning Participation in a Changing Policy Context

An Interdisciplinary Theory

  • Ellen Boeren

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Ellen Boeren
      Pages 1-5
  3. Background

  4. The Contribution of Disciplines to an Interdisciplinary Theory

  5. Advancing Research and Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 178-205

About this book


Drawing on the role of individuals, education and training providers and countries' social policy actions, and borrowing insights from psychology, sociology and economics, this book works towards an interdisciplinary theory of adult lifelong learning participation. It explores the fragmented evidence of why adults do or do not participate in adult lifelong learning activities and focuses on the relevance of policy, the social character and expected benefits of lifelong learning participation and discusses the potential implications for policy, practice and research.


Lifelong learning adult education participation interdisciplinary research education policy behavior education Integration learning lifelong learning psychology social policy sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Ellen Boeren
    • 1
  1. 1.Moray House School of EducationUniversity of EdinburghUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-68423-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-44183-6
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