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Educating the World: International Organizations and the Construction of Lifelong Learning

Die Welt bilden: internationale Organisationen und der Aufbau lebenslangen Lernens

  • While the 1960s and 1970s still knew permanent education (Council of Europe), recurrent education (OECD) and lifelong education (UNESCO), over the past 20 years, lifelong learning has become the single emblem for reforms in (pre-) primary, higher and adult education systems and international debates on education. Both highly industrialized and less industrialized countries embrace the concept as a response to the most diverse economic, social and demographic challenges - in many cases motivated by international organizations (IOs). Yet, literature on the nature of this influence, the diffusion of the concept among IOs and their understanding of it is scant and usually focuses on a small set of actors. Based on longitudinal data and a large set of education documents, the work identifies rapid diffusion of the concept across a heterogeneous, expansive and dynamic international field of 88 IOs in the period 1990-2013, which is difficult to explain with functionalist accounts. Based on the premises of world polity theory, this paper argues that what diffuses resembles less the bundle of systemic reforms usually associated with the concept in the literature and more a surprisingly detailed model of a new actor " the lifelong learner.

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Author:Mike Zapp
URN:urn:nbn:de:hbz:lan1-10796
Referee:Norbert Wenning, Nicola Yeates
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Language:English
Date of completion:2015/01/05
Date of publication:2015/01/05
Publishing institution:Universität Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Universitätsbibliothek
Granting institution:Universität Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Fachbereich 5
Date of final exam:2014/12/12
Release Date:2015/01/05
Tag:Internationale Organisationen; Weltkultur
diffusion ; lifelong learning; nternational organizations; world polity
GND Keyword:Diffusion; Lebenslanges Lernen ; Wirtschaft
Number of pages:xii, 276
Institutes:Fachbereich 5 / Fachbereich 5
Fachbereich 5 / Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht: § 53 UrhG