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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 17th EDINEB Conference: Crossing Borders in Education and Work-Based Learning|
|Editors||S. Halley, C. Birch, D. Tempelaar, M. McCuddy, N. Hérnandez Nanclares, S. Reeb Grube, W. Gijselaers, B. Rienties, N. Nelissen|
|Place of Publication||Maastricht|
|Publisher||FEBA ERD Press|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||17th EDINEB Conference: Crossing Borders in Education and Work-Based Learning - Thames Vally University, London, United Kingdom|
Duration: 9 Jun 2010 → 11 Jun 2010
|Conference||17th EDINEB Conference: Crossing Borders in Education and Work-Based Learning|
|Period||9/06/10 → 11/06/10|
- Informal learning
- Cross sectional study
- Lifelong learning
Caniëls, M., & Kirschner, P. A. (2010). Informal learning in the Netherlands. In S. Halley, C. Birch, D. Tempelaar, M. McCuddy, N. Hérnandez Nanclares, S. Reeb Grube, W. Gijselaers, B. Rienties, & N. Nelissen (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th EDINEB Conference: Crossing Borders in Education and Work-Based Learning (pp. 339-348). FEBA ERD Press.