Taking stock of youth and adult educational policies in Chile and Peru in a changing landscape

Margarita Calderón, Cesar Guadalupe, Virginie Thériault

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This article explores the framing of youth and adult education (YAE) policies in two Latin American countries, namely Chile and Peru. It takes their participation in PIAAC as a contextual starting point to unravel the problems explicitly or implicitly framed in YAE policies and their root causes, as understood by key policy stakeholders. We found that policy documents specifically addressing YAE are not only scarce, but also the existing ones tend to be either too broad or too narrow in relation to how YAE is understood. The results suggest that in both countries, there exists a widespread disregard for YAE, a limited perspective on the field, and a generalised lack of funding for YAE. Under these conditions, participation in a study like PIAAC is primarily motivated by considerations unrelated to education, thus resulting in a very limited impact on YAE policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-83
Number of pages18
JournalStudies in the Education of Adults
Issue number1
Early online date13 Sep 2023
StatePublished - 2024

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  • Youth and adult education
  • Chile
  • Peru
  • Problem representation
  • Problem Representation
  • Youth and Adult Education


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