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Concept Paper

Governing the Life Course through Lifelong Learning: A Multilevel and Multidimensional View

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Institut of Education, Westfälische Wilhelms Universität-Münster, 48143 Münster, Germany
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Department of Education, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Turku, 20014 Turku, Finland
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Academic Editors: Siyka Kovacheva, Xavier Rambla and Gregor Wolbring
Societies 2022, 12(3), 84; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc12030084
Received: 27 April 2022 / Revised: 16 May 2022 / Accepted: 23 May 2022 / Published: 26 May 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Youth Transitions from Education Perspective)
The life course in general, and the educational trajectories of young people in particular, comprise a high degree of complexity as they take place in iterative, recursive and interactive negotiation processes in which numerous actors, institutions and discourses are involved. In this paper, an attempt is made to combine two conceptual discussions—Life Course and Governance—bringing them to bear on the examination of how Lifelong Learning (LLL) policies have been used to govern young people’s life courses. The paper synthesizes different discussions of the complex relations among governance, discourses and structures of opportunity that impact the governing of the life course and particularly educational trajectories. It suggests that the combination of life course research and a governance perspective enables analyzing the governance of educational trajectories along discursive, institutional and relational dimensions of opportunity structures. Considering these various dimensions, the paper argues, allows us to attend to the social interactions, decision-making processes and processing mechanisms that precede and/or underlie educational processes and thus favor or complicate them. The contribution also critically discusses the implications of a governance perspective on life courses and closes with a discussion of the multidimensional and multilevel challenge of governing life course by means of LLL policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: life course research; governance research; opportunity structures; multilevel research; LLL policy life course research; governance research; opportunity structures; multilevel research; LLL policy
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Parreira do Amaral, M.; Tikkanen, J. Governing the Life Course through Lifelong Learning: A Multilevel and Multidimensional View. Societies 2022, 12, 84. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc12030084

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Parreira do Amaral M, Tikkanen J. Governing the Life Course through Lifelong Learning: A Multilevel and Multidimensional View. Societies. 2022; 12(3):84. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc12030084

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Parreira do Amaral, Marcelo, and Jenni Tikkanen. 2022. "Governing the Life Course through Lifelong Learning: A Multilevel and Multidimensional View" Societies 12, no. 3: 84. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc12030084

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