Informal learning in the Netherlands

Marjolein Caniëls, Paul A. Kirschner

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    Lifelong learning (LLL) is a focal point of Dutch policy in relation to innovation, economic growth and social-cohesion. Prerequisite for LLL policy and implementation is knowledge of LLL participation of the working age population (18-64 years). Problem is that policy makers, government agencies and learning institutions only know the extent for formal LLL and not informal and non-formal LLL. This contribution represents the first large-scale study of participation in, barriers for and benefits of LLL in the Netherlands. Results show that in the Dutch labour force that younger workers make more use of LLL than older workers and those with higher levels of formal education participate more than those with lower levels. Perceived benefits include better job performance, keeping up with new knowledge, and better performance of new, job-related tasks Barriers include lack of time, inconvenient time and place of LLL-activities, cost of LLL-activities, and a lack of employer support.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th EDINEB Conference: Crossing Borders in Education and Work-Based Learning
    EditorsS. Halley, C. Birch, D. Tempelaar, M. McCuddy, N. Hérnandez Nanclares, S. Reeb Grube, W. Gijselaers, B. Rienties, N. Nelissen
    Place of PublicationMaastricht
    PublisherFEBA ERD Press
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)978-90-813727-3-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event17th EDINEB Conference: Crossing Borders in Education and Work-Based Learning - Thames Vally University, London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 9 Jun 201011 Jun 2010


    Conference17th EDINEB Conference: Crossing Borders in Education and Work-Based Learning
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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    • Informal learning
    • Netherlands
    • Cross sectional study
    • Lifelong learning


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