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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Rethinking Generic Skills
Authors: Canning, Roy
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Keywords: adult education
generic skills
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Linkoping University Electronic Press
Citation: Canning R (2013) Rethinking Generic Skills, RELA: European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, 4 (2), pp. 129-138.
Abstract: The paper provides a critical analysis of the notion of generic or transversal skills contained with European Union policy discourses. The author presents a conceptual framework that challenges the idea that generic skills are universal, transferable and autonomous. An alternative analysis is put forward that argues the case for contextualising skills and knowledge within particular understandings and cultures that are more collective than individualistic in nature. The arguments are framed within wider cross-disciplinary debates in linguistics, geosemiotics and social-cultural theory and build upon an earlier paper exploring core skills in the UK (Canning, 2007).
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: As RELA is an open access journal, this means that anyone who can access the Internet can freely download and read the journal. There are no commercial interests for Link√∂ping University Electronic Press or the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) in publishing the journal. When publishing with RELA, it is with the agreement of the author that if they make their article available elsewhere on the internet (for example, on their own website or an institutional website), that they will do so by making a link to the article as published in RELA using the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number of the article and acknowledge in the text of the site that the article has been previously published in RELA. DOI: 10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9012
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