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

British Journal of Educational Studies 55 (2):182 - 201 (2007)
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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.
Keywords neo‐liberalism  adult education  equality of opportunity
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