ERIC Number: ED204533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-21
Lifelong Learning: An Overview.
MacLean, Janet R.
Lifelong learning encompasses those experiences in any setting, nurtured by any motivation, which improve capabilities for developing one's personality and for integrating one's lifestyle with the human, natural, and social environments in which one chooses to live. Some predicted changes will challenge those interested in lifelong learning. The population will be composed of increased numbers of older adults, blacks, handicapped with greater mobility, and females; the family will lose traditional responsibilities to other institutions and be more affected by higher divorce and remarriage rates; the concepts of work, time, and leisure and amount and type of work and leisure time will alter; and there will be less mobility. Taking these predictions into account, the target population of lifelong learning must be viewed as consisting of young adults, middle-aged housewives, and retirees. To serve learners' purposes, teachers need not be professional educators. The content of educational experience should not be simply an extension of formal schooling, and the location need not always be an institution. Opportunities for learning must not be limited by temporal frames. A better, broader spectrum for lifelong learning can be achieved by fostering a more positive attitude, developing skills and appreciations early in life, being participating members of the community, being a friend of technology, and becoming involved in cooperating and coordinating efforts. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Music Educators' Conference (Minneapolis, MN, April 21, 1981).