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Qualifications, adults and social change : a theoretical and empirical examination of the growth of qualifications taken by adults in the last 20+ years

Fuller, Alison (1999) Qualifications, adults and social change : a theoretical and empirical examination of the growth of qualifications taken by adults in the last 20+ years. PhD thesis, Institute of Education, University of London.

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Abstract

thesis (Beck 1992, 1994; Giddens 1990, 1991, 1994), which is a general theory of social change as well as an evocative description of contemporary society, may provide the basis for an alternative explanation. The RM thesis provides a way of understanding how social and economic conditions, characterised by uncertainty and opportunity, have been produced. I hypothesise that it is these conditions that underlie the rising take up of qualifications by adults. This perspective is explored via a study of ten men and women who, in mid-life, have recently pursued first degrees at a university in England (Part Three). In the final chapter, I identify the strengths and weaknesses ofusing the RM thesis to help explain adults' changing relationship to qualifications. I conclude that the gap between the general social theory and the specific case of qualifications makes it unwise to claim that the perspective can fully explain the growth of qualifications for all adult groups.

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