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Gábor Erdei, Tamás Kozma, Károly Teperics and Zoltán Tőzsér: Measuring Social Learning

This study focuses on the concepts of Learning Regions (LR) and Lifelong Learning (LLL) and the way these might be interpreted, conceptualised, linked, measured and used for regional development purposes. This research therefore aims (a) to redefine the concept of LR according to the necessities of a Central Eastern European cross-border region and (b) to study the ways and means by which the concept might be statistically measured and topographically presented. The paper investigates the following questions: How can the concept of LR be interpreted? How can the concept of LLL be statistically measured? How can previous research on LLL be applied to our research in a cross-border region? What are the most appropriate indicators for measuring LLL activities in a particular region? Is the Bihar (HU)/Bihor (RO) Euroregion under examination a Learning Region? If so, how might the results be interpreted and used for regional development? The research raises important theoretical questions about the concept of LR. Firstly, we summarise the possible definitions of LR. Secondly, we look for alternative empirical studies on LRs. Finally, we introduce the first results from our empirical study of a cross-border unit in Hungary and Romania.

MAGYAR PEDAGÓGIA 111. Number 3. 189-206. (2011)

Levelezési cím / Address for correspondence: Kozma Tamás, Debreceni Egyetem Felsőoktatási K+F Központ (CHERD), H–4015 Debrecen, Thomas Mann u. 49. Teperics Károly, DE TTK Társadalomföldrajzi és Területfejlesztési Tanszék, H–4032 DEEgyetem tér 1. Erdei Gábor, DE Egyetem tér 1. főépület 202.


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