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Biographical transitions and adult learning: Reproduction and/or mobilization

ByPIERRE DORAY, PAUL BÉLANGER, ELAINE BIRON, SIMON CLOUTIER

Occupational mobility is often preceded, accompanied and eventually followed by an intensive learning phase related to the new job. These occurrences exemplify the relations between life transition and either informal adult learning or formally structured education and training activities. Besides occupational transitions, one can think of other situations like entry in adult life, retirement and geographical mobility or migration. Certain transitions are painful, others enriching. In all cases, they are turning points that can be regarded as changes whose consequences, in the individual life course, remain uncertain.