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Call for Papers “International Journal of Organizations”: Special Issue: Gender, lifelong learning and social class

Guest Editors:
Sue Betts[1] (s.betts@linkinglondon.ac.uk),
Kate Burrell (k.burrell@linkinglondon.ac.uk) Linking London, Birkbeck, University of London
Teresa Torres-Coronas (teresa.torres@urv.cat) Business Department, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

Learning through information transfer, collaboration and social capital building has always been essential for humans. In today’s world, the continuing-education demands of a changing workforce and the accelerated pace of technological change have increased demands for continuing education and lifelong learning, a concept that has been defined as “all learning activity undertaken throughout life, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competences within a personal, civic, social and/or employment related perspective” (European Commission, 2001, p. 9). The recession that has hit Europe over the last years has seen a return to an economy marked by increasing levels of unemployment and social inequality. In some countries unemployment rates and early school dropout are particularly high among women with no educational qualifications and low income people. This is the context in which national, regional and institutional policies towards lifelong learning must be implemented as a crucial factor for both long-term employability (European Commission, 2006) and social inclusion.

GLAS (Social class, gender, participation and lifelong learning) is a multinational European project which is comparing, developing and disseminating best practice, as to methods to facilitate social inclusion and progression of working class individuals and, in particular, mature women. GLAS concentrates in five core themes: accreditation of prior and experiential learning, work based learning, social mobility by widening participation in higher education, community and civic engagement and continuous professional development.

As effective policies for lifelong learning need to be informed and inspired by evidence generated by research the special issue editors encourage contributions to explore lifelong learning policies and strategies through multi-disciplinary perspectives, case studies and theoretical analyses. Quantitative and qualitative empirical papers are welcome.

For this special edition (June 2014) we invite submissions of papers on Gender, lifelong learning and social class including the following topics:

  • Lifelong learning: a class     and gender perspective
  • Recent developments in     the field of lifelong learning
  • Developing a lifelong learning     society
  • The use of accreditation     of prior (and experiential) learning
  • Work-based learning
  • Lifelong learning and social     mobility
  • The social value of lifelong     learning
  • Lifelong learning strategies     and widening participation into higher education
  • Public-private     partnership for lifelong learning initiatives
  • Partnership models and     terms of engagement for work based learning
  • Benefits for learners,     companies and education providers
  • Development,     implementation and impact of lifelong learning policy (institutional     and/or national)
  • Continuing professional     development
  • Continuing professional     development policy and strategies
  • Employee     entitlement and the role of the trade unions and “union learning representatives”
  • Current continuing     professional development provision to support recognition/accreditation of     prior learning and experience, work based learning and lifelong learning.
  • Flexible and creative     learning environments for lifelong learning

Information about online submission of manuscript and formatting requirements, can be found at: http://www.revista-rio.org/index.php/revista_rio/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

Articles submitted to the Editorial Committee must not have been previously published and may not be simultaneously under consideration at other academic journals. Papers must be submitted in English or Spanish.

Submission details

Full paper submission. September 30, 2013 Reviews returned to authors. November 4, 2013 Final version of articles.  December 31, 2013 This Special Issue will be published in June 2014

For further information contact: teresa.torres@urv.cat


European Commission (2001, November).  Making a European area of lifelong learning a reality. Retrieved fromhttp://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2001:0678:FIN:EN:PDF

European Commission (2006, October). Employment in Europe 2006 report. Retrieved fromhttp://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/employment_analysis/employ_2006_en.htm

[1] Linking London is the lead coordinator of the EU project Social Class, Gender, Participation and Lifelong Learning (GLAS)- a lifelong learning initiative across Europe (web page at: http://www.linkinglondon.ac.uk/europe). Universitat Rovira i Virgili is one of the GLAS project partners.

Registration open: 3rd European User Conference for EU-LFS and EU-SILC, 21- 22 March 2013

The 3rd European User Conference for EU-LFS and EU-SILC (21- 22 March 2013, Mannheim) provides an international forum for the exchange of research based on EU-LFS or EU-SILC data. An important aim of the conference is to bring together people not only to encourage the discussion within the research community on both substantive and methodological issues, but also to offer researchers the opportunity to give feedback to Eurostat.

Conference sessions will focus on effects of social policies, poverty and deprivation, quality of life, labour market issues, gender and work as well as on methodological topics. In the closing session more European microdata available for research purpose will be presented (see the programme).

The conference is financially supported by the European Commission under the FP7 project Data without Boundaries there will be no conference fee.

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However available places are limited therefore please wait for confirmation of your participation.

Preliminary Programme