The "Second Chance" Myth: Equality of Opportunity in Irish Adult Education Policies

Grummell, Bernie (2007) The "Second Chance" Myth: Equality of Opportunity in Irish Adult Education Policies. British Journal of Educational Studies, 55 (2). pp. 182-201.

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This article explores the 'second chance' myth that surrounds the role of adult education in society. This myth apparently offers all citizens an equal chance to access educational opportunities to improve their life chances. I argue that recent developments in educational policy-making are increasingly shaped by neoliberal discourses that adapt adult education principles, such as lifelong learning and emancipation, for its own economic and political logic. This has important implications for adult education, especially equality of opportunity and social inclusion

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The definitive version is available at
Keywords: adult education, equality, policy, neoliberalism
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
Item ID: 1033
Depositing User: Dr. Bernie Grummell
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2008
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Educational Studies
Publisher: Blackwell
Refereed: Yes

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