Innovations in Lifelong Learning: Critical Perspectives on Diversity, Participation and Vocational Learning, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Innovations in Lifelong Learning

Critical Perspectives on Diversity, Participation and Vocational Learning, 1st Edition

Edited by Sue Jackson


260 pages

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This book opens up ways to engage critically with what counts as innovatory practice in lifelong learning today, locating its discussion of innovations in lifelong learning within an international and comparative framework.

Innovations in Lifelong Learning engages first hand with issues and concerns from around the globe, offering an international perspective on current trends through its range of contributions from across the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the US. The broad focus allows for diverse information on the nature of these changes to come together under an assortment of empirical, theoretical and methodological approaches.

The book takes three key elements of lifelong learning:

  • learning communities
  • participation and non-participation
  • work-based learning and learning through work.

It links these with themes on diversity, social justice and economic and global development so as to negotiate and re-negotiate the constant importance of innovation with employers, learners and educational institutions.

All those working in the broad arena of lifelong learning will benefit from this comprehensive examination of current debates in the field, including policy-makers, researchers, teachers, lecturers, educational managers and employers engaged with work-based learning.


'The book has a wealth of material in it and deserves to be read widely; it is well produced with a useful index.' - Alan Rogers, International Review of Education 2012

Table of Contents

Section I: Learning Communities Introduction Sue Jackson 1. Toward Inclusive Education Shibao Guo and Zenobia Jamal 2. Informal Community Learning in Traditional Africa Mejai Avoseh 3. Beyond the Home: Informal Learning and Community Participation for Older Women Jan Etienne and Sue Jackson 4. Men’s Informal Learning and Wellbeing Beyond the Workplace Barry Golding Conclusions Sue Jackson Section II: Participation and Non-Participation Introduction Sue Jackson 5. Women, Learning and Equity Patricia A. Gouthro 6. A Field of Flowers and Broken Glass Lisa M. Baumgartner and Juanita Johnson-Bailey 7. Senior Learners and the University Keith Percy and Fiona Frank 8. Counting me in and Getting On Yvonne Hillier Section III: Access and Equity in Aotearoa/New Zealand Introduction Sue Jackson 9. Access and Equity in Aotearoa /New Zealand Gemma Piercy 10. Changing Power Relations in Work Based Learning Jon Talbot 11. Women of the Diaspora Mary V Alfred 12. Developing Capacity in Workers Jacqueline McManus Conclusions Sue Jackson Conclusions: So Where are the Innovations in Lifelong Learning? Sue Jackson

About the Editor

Sue Jackson is a Professor of Lifelong Learning and Gender and Director of Birkbeck Institute for Lifelong Learning at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Adult & Continuing Education
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Research
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adolescent
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Child