In recent years, economic and demographic changes have brought into question the adequacy of initial education programmes for continuous employment. While the primary focus of debate has been on creating structures of continuous education and training linked to the economic needs of Britain, arguments and movements for wider access to all forms of learning have continued to be made. Drawing on the experience of other European countries as well as Britain, this book addresses the three major themes of the ongoing debates: who participates in what forms of education and training and how can access be widened and increased: the relationship between economic development, education and training; the education and training developed by social movements, and the changes sought in the formal sector of provision.

part 1|80 pages

Participation, non-participation and access

chapter 1|20 pages

Participation and non-participation

A review of the literature

chapter 4|13 pages

Access, not access courses

Maintaining a broad vision

chapter 5|14 pages

Adult literacy and basic education in Europe and North America

From recognition to provision

part 2|98 pages

The economy, education and training

chapter 6|21 pages

Missing, presumed skilled

Training policy in the UK

chapter 7|17 pages

Vocational training and new production concepts in Germany

Some lessons for Britain

chapter 9|17 pages

The changing role of the in-company trainer

An analysis of British trainers in the European Community context

chapter 11|11 pages

The inevitable future?

Post-Fordism in work and learning

part 3|90 pages

Social movements and change in education and training

chapter 12|16 pages

Community education

Towards a theoretical analysis

chapter 13|14 pages

Adult education and community action

chapter 14|16 pages

Dangerous knowledge

Canadian workers' education in the decades of discord

chapter 15|15 pages

Popular education for women

A study of four organizations

chapter 16|15 pages

‘Drinking from one pot'

Yemeni unity, at home and overseas