BILL Seminar 15March at 3.30pm, Malet Street Room 320
Learning, Life Chances and the Dynamics of Risk through the Life Course
Professor Karen Evans, Chair in Education, Institute of Education, University of London
The LLAKES Centre paper on Learning, Life Chances and the Dynamics of Risk through the Life Course represents a first attempt to explore the intersections of the psychological, sociological and economics perspectives that underpin the LLAKES research programme.
In the seminar, the author will discuss the challenges of making interdisciplinary connections, drawing on some themes from the Research Paper and arguing that focusing on both the processes and the consequences of engagement in learning (together) within a life course perspective can reveal how people actually navigate their way through socio-economic systems and institutional environments, accumulating experiences; developing and adapting beliefs; making decisions that are consequent upon earlier decisions rather than discrete events, developing preferences. How far does re-positioning lifelong learning in the policy landscape depend on a fundamental shift from narrow versions of rational choice towards biographical negotiation as a dominant life-course model for effective policy-making?