Transitions and Learning through the Lifecourse

1st Edition

Kathryn Ecclestone, Gert Biesta, Martin Hughes

Published October 8, 2009
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9780415481748 - CAT# RU56252

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Like many ideas that inform policy, practice and research, ‘transition’ has many meanings. Children make a transition to adulthood, pupils move from primary to secondary school, and there is then a movement from school to work, training or further education. Transitions can lead to profound and positive change and be an impetus for new learning for some individuals and be unsettling, difficult and unproductive for others. Transitions have become a key concern for policy makers and the subject of numerous policy changes over the past ten years. They are also of interest to researchers and professionals working with different groups.

Transitions and Learning Through the Lifecourse examines transitions across a range of education, life and work settings. It explores the claim that successful transitions are essential for educational inclusion, social achievement, and economic prosperity and that individuals and institutions need to manage them more effectively.

Aimed primarily at academic researchers and students at all levels of study across a range of disciplines, including education, careers studies, sociology, feminist and cultural studies, this book is the first systematic attempt to bring together and evaluate insights about educational, life and work transitions from a range of different fields of research. Contributions include:

  • The transition between home and school
  • The effects of gender, class and age
  • Transitions to further and higher education
  • Transitions for students with disabilities
  • Transitions into the workplace
  • Learning within the workplace
  • Approaches to managing transitions


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