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Adult learning, education, and the labour market in the employability regime
Linköping University, HELIX Vinn Excellence Centre. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Sociology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
2013 (English)In: European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, ISSN 2000-7426, E-ISSN 2000-7426, Vol. 4, no 2, 171-187 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to draw on the research and scholarly literature to explore the changing discourses and perspectives concerning adult learning, education, and the labour market in the employability regime. The focus of the nalysis is a Nordic context. The dominant employability regime maintains a technical-rational perspective on learning and employability. Education is predominantly regarded as an instrumental preparation for the labour market. The future demands of the labour market are largely unknown, however, and vocational and professional training may not provide sufficient preparation for the increasing complexities of work. Theoretical discussions have been dominated by an alleged mismatch between individual competence and the qualifications that are required in the world of work. There is no consensus regarding how the gap should be described, explained, or bridged. New demands on educational design have emerged, and ideas related to liberal education and ‘bildung’ have been reinserted into the political agenda, offering general preparation for a wider array of challenges.

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Linköping University Electronic Press, 2013. Vol. 4, no 2, 171-187 p.
Keyword [en]
adult education; Nordic welfare regime; employability; competence; labour market
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102839DOI: 10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-102839DiVA: diva2:683010
Available from: 2014-01-01 Created: 2014-01-01 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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