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Edwards, Richard; Ranson, Stewart; Strain, Michael – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2002
The current notion of lifelong learning in policy and practice is dominated by behaviorist, adaptive accumulation of skills and qualifications. An alternative is reflexive lifelong learning, developed through social learning networks within the context of dislocation and uncertainty. It involves the reflexive practices of metacognitive analysis…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Lifelong Learning, Metacognition, Policy Formation
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Edwards, Richard; Armstrong, Paul; Miller, Nod – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2001
Social inclusion appears to be an unconditional good. Examination of social policy studies and poststructuralist philosophy suggests that "inclusion" is positioned within a philosophy of identity that denies difference and is thus exclusionary. Promoting social inclusion heightens awareness of difference. The rights of those who choose…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Cultural Pluralism, Democracy, Educational Policy
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Nicoll, Katherine; Edwards, Richard – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2000
Argues the necessity of a discursive approach to policy analysis. Emphasizes the importance of metaphor to the analysis. Explores the metaphorical role of lifelong learning in educational policy. (SK)
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning
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Miller, Nod; Edwards, Richard – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2000
Autobiographical accounts of two adult educators address questions of what it means to be an adult educator in an environment of individualization and reflexivity. Cultural conditions that give rise to similarities and differences in their accounts, such as postmodernism and popular culture, are identified. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Autobiographies, Lifelong Learning
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Edwards, Richard; Usher, Robin – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 1996
The pressures of economic competition affect the narratives of adult educators. Three interrelated themes provide insights into the contemporary condition of adult educators: the turn to "textuality," changes in the economy and organization of work, and debates over postmodern identity. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Educators, Economic Change, Educational Change, Personal Narratives
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Edwards, Richard – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 1998
Examines the emergence of workplace practices influenced by modernization. Demonstrates how growing emphasis on reflection in education and training is related to the need for flexible lifelong learning stimulated by workplace changes. (SK)
Descriptors: Change, Lifelong Learning, Modernization, Work Environment
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Edwards, Richard – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 1994
"New right" governments may support experiential learning because of its role in developing self-discipline and law-abiding citizens and consumers. Adult educators and trainers must understand and engage in debates about experiential learning and postmodernism to understand their own practices. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Capitalism, Experiential Learning, Government Role