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Ayyildiz, Yildizay; Tarhan, Leman – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2015
The purpose of this study was to develop a valid and reliable scale for assessing high school students' self-directed learning skills. Based on a literature review and data obtained from similar instruments, all skills related to self-directed learning were identified. Next, an item pool was prepared and administered to 255 students from various…
Descriptors: High School Students, Independent Study, Likert Scales, Test Construction
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Müller, Romina; Remdisch, Sabine; Köhler, Katharina; Marr, Liz; Repo, Saara; Yndigegn, Carsten – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2015
Easing access to higher education (HE) for those engaging in lifelong learning has been a common policy objective across the European Union since the late 1990s. To reach this goal, the transition between vocational and academic routes must be simplified, but European countries are at different developmental stages. This article maps the…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Policy, Curriculum Design
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Lange, Elizabeth – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2015
This article argues that sociology has been a foundational discipline for the field of adult education, but it has been largely implicit, until recently. This article contextualizes classical theories of sociology within contemporary critiques, reviews the historical roots of sociology and then briefly introduces the classical theories…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Education, Sociology, Social Theories
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Hyland-Russell, Tara; Syrnyk, Corinne – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2015
This paper focuses on the results of a mixed-methods study of 13 participants in a Radical Humanities programme designed as a transformative learning space for low-income adults who have experienced barriers to learning. Using demographic questionnaires, semi-structured narrative interviews and course evaluations this study examined participants'…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Lifelong Learning, Adults, Economically Disadvantaged
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Chadderton, Charlotte – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2015
"Disaster education" is a fledgling area of study in lifelong education. Many countries educate their populations for disasters, to mitigate potential damage and loss of life, as well as contribute to national security. In this paper, which draws on interview data from the German Federal Office for Civil Defence and Disaster Assistance…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning, National Security, Emergency Programs
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Tomlinson, Michael – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2015
The move towards a market-driven HE system in the UK and active policy promotion of students as consumers has generated much commentary on the ways in which students' expectations and experiences have been transformed. This article introduces and develops a conceptualization of contemporary higher students' views of their relationship to higher…
Descriptors: Marketing, Higher Education, Commercialization, Foreign Countries
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Ederer, Peer; Nedelkoska, Ljubica; Patt, Alexander; Castellazzi, Silvia – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2015
We estimate the market value that employers assign to the complex problem solving (CPS) skills of their employees, using individual-level Mincer-style wage regressions. For the purpose of the study, we collected new and unique data using psychometric measures of CPS and an extensive background questionnaire on employees' personal and work history.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Participative Decision Making, Employers, Wages
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Rausch, Andreas; Schley, Thomas; Warwas, Julia – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2015
Contemporary office work is becoming increasingly challenging as many routine tasks are automated or outsourced. The remaining problem solving activities may also offer potential for lifelong learning in the workplace. In this study, we analyzed problem solving in an office work setting using an Internet-based, semi-standardized diary to collect…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Office Occupations, Diaries, Expertise
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Mainert, Jakob; Kretzschmar, André; Neubert, Jonas C.; Greiff, Samuel – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2015
Transversal skills, such as complex problem solving (CPS) are viewed as central twenty-first-century skills. Recent empirical findings have already supported the importance of CPS for early academic advancement. We wanted to determine whether CPS could also contribute to the understanding of career advancement later in life. Towards this end, we…
Descriptors: Predictive Validity, Motor Vehicles, Problem Solving, Career Development
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Vainikainen, Mari-Pauliina; Wüstenberg, Sascha; Kupiainen, Sirkku; Hotulainen, Risto; Hautamäki, Jarkko – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2015
In Finland, schools' effectiveness in fostering the development of transversal skills is evaluated through large-scale learning to learn (LTL) assessments. This article presents how LTL skills--general cognitive competences and learning-related motivational beliefs--develop during primary school and how they predict pupils' CPS skills at the end…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Learning Strategies, Skill Development
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Desjardins, Richard; Ederer, Peer – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2015
This article explores the relative importance of different socio-demographic and practice-oriented factors that are related to proficiency in problem solving in technology-rich environments (PSTREs) and by extension may be related to complex problem solving (CPS). The empirical analysis focuses on the proficiency measurements of PSTRE made…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Problem Solving, Lifelong Learning, Skill Development
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Taber, Nancy – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2015
This article explores the ways in which military constructions of gender intersect with academic ones. Its focus is to connect military discourses of duty, honour and service before self with academic ones of commitment and productivity. As such, it engages in an institutional analysis of the gendered organizations of the military and academia and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Armed Forces, Military Personnel, Gender Issues
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Paat, Yok-Fong – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2015
This study seeks to investigate the importance of life course capital on the educational aspirations of 40 social work undergraduates who were predominantly visible ethnic minority, immigrant descendants or non-traditional students in the mainstream US. Applying the resource perspective in this context, minority students' academic successes hinge…
Descriptors: Social Work, Minority Group Students, Parent Participation, Academic Aspiration
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O'Shea, Sarah – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2015
Internationally, research has indicated that returning to education for older learners provides the means for growth and change, for some students this can translate into a sense of "empowerment" and control in their personal lives. However, what is not so well researched is how having a significant "other" present within the…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Family Influence, Participation, First Generation College Students
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Spiteri, Damian – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2015
This study appraises the particular challenges that minor asylum-seeking migrants who are in the 16-18 age category confront when pursuing their studies in a vocational college in Malta, a central Mediterranean island which is the smallest EU member state. The study explores how they exercise resilience in their desire to forge a future for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Refugees, Adult Education, Vocational Education
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