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Участието в неформално образование в европейска сравнителна перспектива: стимулиращи и ограничаващи фактори
Participation in Non-Formal Education in an European Comparative Perspective: Enabling and Restricting Factors

Author(s): Petya Ilieva-Trichkova
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education, School education, Vocational Education, Adult Education, Higher Education , State/Government and Education, Inclusive Education / Inclusion
Published by: Национално издателство за образование и наука „Аз-буки“
Keywords: non-formal education; capability; young adults; European comparative perspective

Summary/Abstract: The article’s purpose is twofold. First, it aims at demonstrating the heuristic potential of the capability approach in rethinking the lifelong learning and in particular the non-formal education. Second, it aims at exploring the factors which influence the participation in non-formal education among the group of young adults in a European comparative perspective. At a theoretical level, it applies the capability approach framework to the conceptualizing non-formal education as a capability. At a methodological level, it makes a secondary data analysis on Adult Education Survey (2011) and the official statistics by using descriptive statistics and multilevel modeling for 17 countries. The results show that there are considerable differences in the participation in non-formal education between the European countries and that the participation in non-formal education is much more than personal responsibility and is, in fact, a result of a wide range of factors both at individual and country level. These factors may constrain but also enable the chances which young adults have to participate in non-formal education. Among the factors which are identified as important at the country level are the economic climate, the active labour market measures, the expenses paid by the employers for training and the level of innovation.

  • Issue Year: 91/2019
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 517-538
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Bulgarian