The International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE) provides a forum for theoretically-informed and policy-relevant applied research in lifelong and life-wide learning in international and comparative contexts. Preferred topic areas include adult education, non-formal education, adult literacy, open and distance learning, vocational education and workplace learning, new access routes to formal education, lifelong learning policies, and various applications of the lifelong learning paradigm. Consistent with the mandate of UNESCO, the IRE fosters scholarly exchange on lifelong learning from all regions of the world, particularly developing and transition countries.

The International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE) is edited by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and published by Springer. UIL (www.uil.unesco.org ) is a global centre of excellence for lifelong learning and learning societies.

  • Provides a forum for theoretically-informed and policy-relevant research in lifelong and life-wide education and learning in international and comparative contexts
  • Examines policy issues, educational trends, and learning innovations from a perspective of lifelong learning
  • Edited by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
  • 94% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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  • Paul Stanistreet
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    Each month, the Executive Editor selects two recently published articles that exemplify the best qualities of our journal: genuinely international scholarship on the theory and practice of lifelong learning, supporting and promoting the development of sustainable learning societies. These two articles may be downloaded and shared free of charge or subscription during the month of their promotion. More...

  • Call for Papers

    IRE is a hybrid journal, which aims to publish the best new scholarship from around the world, while also influencing the development of policy and practice in the field of lifelong learning through evidence-based research. We value contributions from both established authors and emerging scholars.

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1573-0638
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