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Adult Education: A Vehicle for Economic Development

Pantelis Sklias () and Giota Chatzimichailidou ()
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Pantelis Sklias: University of Peloponnese
Giota Chatzimichailidou: University of Peloponnese

A chapter in Economic Crisis, Development and Competitiveness in Southeastern Europe, 2016, pp 139-157 from Springer

Abstract: Abstract In the present study, the issue under scrutiny is the contribution of adult education to economic development. More precisely this paper seeks to develop a more rigorous understanding of how adult education programs in several aspects of today’s political, social and economic realms can empower individual actors, citizens, to involve in the societal evolution towards social cohesion, which consequently implies a transition to economic development. Transformative learning theory is such a tool to explain this empowerment to take action. What emerges from this paper is an alternative perspective on the benefits of adult education, differentiated from the dominant neoclassical approach framework of the Human Capital Theory, and relocated it in the methodological framework of International Political Economy. The latter serves as a tool of perceiving and understanding the existent complex context of political, economic and socio-cultural realities within European Union, coupled with the historical evolution of adult education. The upgrading of adult education standard is seen as central to the delivery of social cohesion and therefore to economic development.

Keywords: Adult education; Economic development; Social cohesion; International Political Economy (IPE); Transformative learning theory; I25 Education; Economic development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-40322-9_9

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