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    The "Second Chance" Myth: Equality of Opportunity in Irish Adult Education Policies

    Grummell, Bernie (2007) The "Second Chance" Myth: Equality of Opportunity in Irish Adult Education Policies. British Journal of Educational Studies, 55 (2). pp. 182-201.

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    This article explores the 'second chance' myth that surrounds the role of adult education in society. This myth apparently offers all citizens an equal chance to access educational opportunities to improve their life chances. I argue that recent developments in educational policy-making are increasingly shaped by neoliberal discourses that adapt adult education principles, such as lifelong learning and emancipation, for its own economic and political logic. This has important implications for adult education, especially equality of opportunity and social inclusion

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version is available at
    Keywords: adult education, equality, policy, neoliberalism
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 1033
    Depositing User: Dr. Bernie Grummell
    Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2008
    Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Educational Studies
    Publisher: Blackwell
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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