A Review about Bologna Goals and Lifelong Learning Policies: A Portuguese Perspective

By Ana Vitória Baptista, José Bessa and José Tavares.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Nowadays, it is urgent to question the renewed mission and challenges that Higher Education Institutions are facing. We all must reflect about the new characteristics and the unpredictable and various roles that are being asked to the Universities. In fact, many European countries are dealing with many changes due to several transformations required by the Bologna Process that led to multiple and improved dynamics. Portuguese Universities are not an exception and are now emerging in a new reality, as a result of that Process, obliging them to modifications concerning institutional structures and policies. Our study intends to systematise several theoretical aspects, to focus on some data that are being collected in a new investigation that has been started at the University of Aveiro, in which we analyse the case of Non-traditional Adult Students of the academic year 2006-2007, and to expose some conclusions that we already have at the date of this Forum. Therefore, our work has the following purposes: (i) to dialogue Bologna’s and lifelong learning policies’ goals and perspectives, which are inter-connected, according to several European and Portuguese documents; (ii) to underline the changes this process requires, concerning the responses given by teachers, students, curricula and institutions; (iii) to discuss carefully how this will affect the learning of Non-traditional Adult Students and how the curriculum is designed; (iv) to reflect about the specificities of this new public that entered University of Aveiro in the academic year of 2006-2007; (v) to question the answers that University needs to put into practice, as long as these students are concerned. We can call these millennium Universities as «multi-versities» and «flexi-versities» (Nunan et al.). So they ought to prepare their community with the proper tools to face the constant «life-world becoming» (Barnett) and they have to give suitable answers to the new publics that are looking for continuous education.

Keywords: Higher Education, Bologna Reform, Non-Traditional Adult Students, Lifelong Learning

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 6, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 589.678KB).

Dr Ana Vitória Baptista

Student and Researcher, Department of Educational Sciences, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

Ana Vitória Baptista is a M.Ed. Student and is currently developing her investigation at the University of Aveiro in Portugal. Her research is focusing on a new public that is entering the Higher Education (HE) Institutions, which constitute her sample: non-traditional adult students. Her main interests include Higher Education policies; Bologna Reform and its consequences to HE Institutions (and their new missions and challenges), curricula, teaching and learning methods; lifelong learning policies and perspectives; non-traditional adult students, their characteristics and their adjustment to HE Institutions; European Higher Education Area; innovative teaching methods.

José Bessa

PhD, Researcher and Supervisor, Department of Educational Sciences, Higher Education Research and Intervention Unit, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

Prof. José Tavares

Professor, Department of Educational Sciences, Higher Education Research and Intervention Unit, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal


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