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ERIC Number: ED411884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 14
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Schools as Centres of Lifelong Learning for All.
Chapman, Judith; Aspin, David
Many countries in the Asia Pacific region have begun to adopt a lifelong approach to learning to ensure access to education and training and future economic development. Although lifelong learning will require substantial amounts of public funds, it is important that such initiatives not be limited to developing skills and competencies for economic development, but that education be regarded as intrinsically valuable in itself. Lifelong learning efforts should maintain a relationship between three major elements: education for a more highly skilled workforce; personal development leading to a more rewarding life; and the creation of a stronger, more inclusive society. To achieve these goals, Asia Pacific countries will need to reevaluate the function of compulsory schooling to ensure that students are provided with general knowledge for cognitive development and the acquisition of learning skills. These countries will also need to reexamine the role of families in supporting learning; the relationship between schools and the business community; and the relationship between schools and their communities, specifically the potential for cultural and artistic activities to foster lifelong learning. The institutionalization of lifelong learning implies that learning will extend beyond formal educational settings, demanding new partnerships with other learning providers, including colleges, hospitals, private sector firms, trade unions, and local councils. Contains 14 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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