Michael Osborne is Professor of Adult and Lifelong Learning at the University of Glasgow, and experienced in adult education, VET and Higher Education research, development and evaluation. He is Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning within the Faculty of Education and Co-director of the PASCAL Observatory on Place Management, Social Capital and Lifelong Learning. He also co-convenes a research cluster on Social Justice, Place and Lifelong Education.
His research includes: a Scottish Higher Education Funding Council/National Health Service (Scotland) funded projects concerned with selection of students in medicine and Veterinary Science (WHAP and WHAN); the development of audit tools for stakeholders within Learning Regions (Indicators project under the Network of Learning Regions (R3L) programme) and projects that develop related learning audits (Lilara), and a sustainable network of learning regions/cities (PENR3L); a major ESRC TLRP project on the Social and Organisation Mediation of University Learning (SOMUL). He is involved in EC-funded LLL projects concerned with the quality of Grundtwig networks (GINCO) and of Learning Regions (R3L+) and a KA4 project developing reservoir of best practice in Learning Regions (EUROlocal). He co-ordinates the PASCAL study of universities and regional engagement (PURE) in 17 regions around the world.
In 2008 he completed two reviews within pan-European projects funded by the EC of training of adult educators in both the UK and Ireland, and of vocational education and training practitioners in these countries. He advised the EC in relation to the development of the new integrated lifelong learning programme and is currently a senior evaluator for the interim review of the programme.
Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M., et al. (2010). Improving what is learned at university: An exploration of the social and organisational diversity of university education. London: Routledge.
Buiskool, B. J., Broek, S. D., van Lakerveld, J. A., Zarifis, G. K., & Osborne, M. (2010). Key competences for adult learning progfessionals - Contribution to the development of a reference framework of key competences for adult learning professionals (No. Final Report to European Commission, DG EAC, Project number: B3542). Zoetermeer: Research voor Beleid.
Longworth, N., & Osborne, M. (Eds.). (2010). Perspectives on Learning Cities and Regions: Policies, Practice and Participation. Leicester: NIACE
Longworth, N., & Osborne, M. (2010). Six Ages Towards a Learning Region - A retrospective. European Journal of Education. 45(3) pp. 368-401
Maclachlan, K., & Osborne, M. (2009). Lifelong Learning, Development, Knowledge and Identity. Compare, 39(5), 575-583.
Brennan, J., Osborne, M and Shah, T. (2009) Key findings – SOMUL – The Social and Organisational Mediation of University Learning. York: Higher Education Academy and Open University
Lumsden, M.A., Millar, K., Osborne, M., and Remedios, R. (2008) Working in Health Access Programme (WHAP): Initial results Medical Education 42(4) pp. 412-419
Brennan, J. and Osborne M (2008) Higher education’s many diversities: of students, institutions and experiences; and outcomes? Research Papers in Education. 23(2) pp. 179-190
Morgan-Klein, B, and Osborne M. (2007) The Concepts and Practice of Lifelong Learning. London: Routledge
Osborne, M, Sankey, K and Wilson, B. (Eds) (2007) Social Capital, Lifelong Learning and the Management of Place: An international perspective. London: Routledge
Osborne, M, Houston, M and Toman, N. (Eds,) (2007) The Pedagogy of Lifelong Learning: Understanding effective teaching and learning in diverse contexts. London: Routledge
Sankey, K. and Osborne, M (2006) ‘Lifelong Learning reaching regions where other learning doesn’t reach’. In R. Edwards et al Researching Experiential and Community-based Learning. London: Routledge
Field, J and Osborne, M (2006) ‘Researching Social Capital in Europe – Towards a Toolkit for Measurement’. In C. Duke, L. Doyle and B. Wilson (eds) Making Knowledge Work. Leicester: NIACE.
Osborne, M and MacClaurin, I (2006) A Probability Matching Approach to FE/HE Transition Higher Education, 52(1), pp.149-183
Duke, C, Osborne, M. and Wilson, B. (Eds.) (2005) Rebalancing the Social and the Economic. Learning Partnership and Place. Leicester: NIACE
Osborne, M. Gallacher, J and Crossan, B. (Eds.) (2004) Researching Widening Access London: Routledge.
Pouget, M and Osborne, M (2004) Accreditation or validation of prior experiential learning: knowledge and saviors in France - a different perspective, Studies in Continuing Education 26(1), pp. 45-65
Osborne, M. and Thomas, E. (Eds.) (2003) Lifelong Learning in a Changing Continent: Continuing Education in the Universities of Europe. Leicester: NIACE
Osborne, M and Turner, E. (2002) Private Training Providers in Scotland Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 54(2), 267-293
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