Beyond Rhetoric

Adult Learning Policies and Practices

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This publication aims to identify what works in the policy and practice of adult learning, drawing on the experience of nine OECD countries: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (England). It defines the features of a desirable system of adult learning, including ways to motivate adults to learn and methods to deliver appropriate services. This book will be indispensable to policy makers and those involved in the practice of adult learning.

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Promoting Better Integration of Supply and Demand

This chapter analyses policy options for addressing the problems of overly fragmented provision of training services and lack of support infrastructure. A number of improvements might be made to take fuller account of learners’ needs and to enable more would-be learners to come forward and participate in learning programmes. Policy makers and training providers must face the challenge of responding better to the expectations of current and potential adult learners...

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