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Lifelong Learning in Europe

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European conferences on the prerequisites, consequences and contradictions of lifelong learning 1996 (Dresden) and 1998 (Lissabon).


In 1996, the European Year of Lifelong Learning, IRIS together with other EGRIS partners initiated a series of two European conferences to clarify the meaning and the impli8cations of the conceopt of lifeling learning. The first conference 1996 in Dresden under the title “Options for the Integration of Living, Learning and Working” dealt with the relationship between lifelong larning and changed life courses as well as the biographical perspective of individuals. The second conference 1998 in Lisbon  “Differences and Divisions” addressed the contradictions between the diversification of learning and education and the persisting social inequalities. The conference proceedings have been published in two volumes (see publications).

Boys work

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Boys work


Pilot project funded by the Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth to implement gender aware work with boys.

Duration: 1998 – 2001

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Secondary learning effects

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Miles et al 2002Contrary to many training schemes, performing arts offer young women and men the opportunity to present themselves from a less “problem-oriented” side: in fact not as an “early school-leaver” or “under-achiever”, but as a musician, an actor/actress and so on.
Before this background, this research project aimed at learning more about the special learning processes happening in performing arts projects for “disadvantaged” young people which for working purposes we had “Secondary learning effects…”

Research questions and design:

Which active role do young people play in performing arts projects? Which learning potentials do these projects have with regard to the young people’s transitions to adulthood? These questions were explored in three case studies on projects working with young people who are not reached by mainstream education measures any longer: “Hope Street” in Liverpool/UK, “JUST” in Mannheim/DEand “Chapito”, Lisbon/Portugal.
The research design emphasized the active role of the young people by giving them space to develop their own view on their transitions in a self-produced video, biographical interviews and focus groups.

Project partners:

  • CIES, Centro de Investigacao e Estudios de Sociologia, Rui Banha, Maria do Carmo Gomes, Ana Micaela Gaspar
  • University of Plymouth, Department of Sociology, Steven Miles


IRIS e.V., Institut für Regionale Innovation und Sozialforschung, Hechingen/Tübingen, Dr. Barbara Stauber, Axel Pohl, Dr. Andreas Walther




Own funds, EU-Programme “Youth for Europe” (Contract no. 17/96-E.II-DE-97044)



Contact: Barbara Stauber, Andreas Walther, Axel Pohl

Jutta Goltz

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Foto Jutta GoltzEducationalist, Mediator, intercultural trainer and consultant


Working areas:
Evaluation and project development, youth and gender research, migration, network management

Axel Pohl

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Foto Axel PohlDr rer.soc., Educationalist

Senior Researcher

Working areas:
European youth and transition research, diversity and social inequality in youth work and youth social work, participation

Gebhard Stein

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Foto Gebhard SteinDr. rer.soc., Educationalist


Working areas:
Planning of youth services, youth work, youth with migration background


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