Economic policy to support lifelong learning system development & SDG4 achievement: Bibliometric analysis

  • Received April 8, 2023;
    Accepted July 19, 2023;
    Published July 24, 2023
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    Volume 7 2023, Issue #1, pp. 15-28
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In order to set economic policy goals, it is important to understand the difference between adult education and lifelong learning, and how much research on SDG 4 combines lifelong learning and economic policy. The purpose of the article is to determine the main directions for justifying the lifelong learning system development, including for achieving sustainable development goal 4 (SDG 4). Based on scientific research data from the Scopus database using the VOSviewer software, this article analyzed the theoretical foundations for substantiating the temporal and geographical interrelationships of the categorical-conceptual system of such terms as “SDG 4”, “adult education”, “lifelong learning” and “economic”. This made it possible to identify the main trends in scientific research and cluster directions of international research on the relationship between adult education, lifelong learning and economic policy. The following trends were obtained: adult education as a driver of economic development; as a social phenomenon and as a source of innovation. The following clusters were identified: adult education as a part of life-long education; adult education under the influence of physical and age-related changes; adult education as part of professional education; the learning process, which is not related to professional activity. As a result of the analysis, an insufficient level of attention among scientific studies devoted to adult education within the framework of SDG 4 was revealed. The article confirmed the need for economic policy to support the lifelong learning system, as well as the difference between the concepts of adult education and lifelong learning.

The educational outcomes in this publication were created with the support of the EU Erasmus+ program within the framework of projects ERASMUS-JMO-2021-HEI-TCH-RSCH-101048055 – «AICE – With Academic integrity to EU values: step by step to common Europe» and ERASMUS-JMO-2022-HEI-TCH-RSCH-101085198«OSEE – Open Science and Education in Europe: success stories for Ukrainian academia». This study was funded by the grant from the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine “Modelling educational transformations in wartime to preserve the intellectual capital and innovative potential of Ukraine” (registration number 0123U100114). “Convergence of economic and educational transformations in the digital society: modeling of the impact on regional and national security” (state registration number 0121U109553).

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    • Figure 1. Dynamics of the number of scientific papers for the keywords “lifelong learning” and “education”
    • Figure 2. Dynamics of the number of scientific papers for the keywords “adult education” and “economic”
    • Figure 3. Spheres of publications on the topic of lifelong learning
    • Figure 4. Top 10 countries by the number of publications on lifelong learning
    • Figure 5. Map of networks between the keywords of articles published on lifelong learning
    • Figure 6. Co-authorship network by country
    • Figure 7. Map of co-authorship of Finland
    • Figure 8. China co-authorship map
    • Figure 9. Germany co-authorship map
    • Figure 10. Time map of co-authorship of Ukraine
    • Table 1. Number of scientific publications by keywords
    • Conceptualization
      Kateryna Onopriienko, Kornélia Lovciová, Martina Mateášová, Anzhela Kuznyetsova
    • Data curation
      Kateryna Onopriienko
    • Methodology
      Kateryna Onopriienko
    • Resources
      Kateryna Onopriienko
    • Software
      Kateryna Onopriienko
    • Visualization
      Kateryna Onopriienko, Kornélia Lovciová, Martina Mateášová
    • Writing – original draft
      Kateryna Onopriienko, Kornélia Lovciová
    • Writing – review & editing
      Kateryna Onopriienko, Tetiana Vasylieva
    • Validation
      Kornélia Lovciová, Martina Mateášová, Anzhela Kuznyetsova
    • Formal Analysis
      Martina Mateášová, Tetiana Vasylieva
    • Project administration
      Martina Mateášová, Anzhela Kuznyetsova
    • Investigation
      Anzhela Kuznyetsova
    • Funding acquisition
      Tetiana Vasylieva
    • Supervision
      Tetiana Vasylieva