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Title: Researching inequality and lifelong education from 1982 to 2020: A critical review
Author(s): Ilieva-Trichkova, Petya
Galloway, Sarah
Schmidt-Hertha, Bernhard
Guo, Shibao
Larson, Anne
Duckworth, Vicky
Maruatona, Tonic
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Keywords: Life-span and Life-course Studies
Issue Date: 24-Nov-2022
Date Deposited: 30-Nov-2022
Citation: Ilieva-Trichkova P, Galloway S, Schmidt-Hertha B, Guo S, Larson A, Duckworth V & Maruatona T (2022) Researching inequality and lifelong education from 1982 to 2020: A critical review. <i>International Journal of Lifelong Education</i>.
Abstract: This article explores the International Journal of Lifelong Education archives in the period 1982–2020. We analyse how the Journal engages with the issue of inequality. This is accomplished by systematically identifying relevant articles within the archives, and reviewing these whilst taking account of the societal, cultural and political or economic contexts in which they were written. Most articles identified for review focused on specific disadvantaged groups, discussing ways in which adult education might help, support and strengthen them. A minority took a more critical approach, assessing the drivers for inequality, or problematising the role of lifelong education as a catalyst for addressing inequality or social injustice. In our analysis, we distinguish between inequalities related to class, gender and migration/ethnicity as themes emerging from our initial sweep of the archives, however these themes are represented unequally both in terms of number and attention given across the decades. Perhaps surprisingly, given the different forms of inequality addressed in the Journal, it seems that only very few of these papers can be directly associated with historical events and contexts relevant to the times in which they were written. Theoretically driven conceptualisations of inequality are rarities within the archives, with some notable exceptions.
DOI Link: 10.1080/02601370.2022.2148303
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