ERIC Number: ED418268
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
The Goals, Architecture and Means of Lifelong Learning. Background Paper.
Gass, J. R.
This paper examines the goals, architecture, and means of lifelong learning. The following are among the topics discussed: economic and social dimensions of the forces pushing Europe toward a learning society (investing in people; promoting employment in an era of structural change; making firms key partners in the learning society; overcoming the fragmentation of life into education, work, and retirement; forging new routes to equal opportunities; diversifying education and training opportunities in Europe); clarification of goals and purposes (reconciling cultural, social, and economic goals; building on past achievements; devising a new "systemic" logic); movement toward a flexible architecture of institutions and opportunities (a learner-centered, consumer-led process of change; learning outcomes as a rallying point; redistribution of life chances); strategic changes in institutional frameworks (schools as foundations for lifelong learning up to age 16; initial vocational training and new pathways from school to work; development and renewal of the adult population's human capital through continuing education; creation of a frontier-knowledge and advanced-skills base through higher education and research); and new ways and means for lifelong learning (new methodologies and networks, more flexible systems of qualifications). (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Continuing Education, Economic Change, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Principles, Educational Strategies, Flexible Progression, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Human Capital, Learning Processes, Lifelong Learning, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Role of Education, Secondary Education, Social Change, Teaching Methods, Training Methods, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - General
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Authoring Institution: Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium). Directorate-General for Education, Training, and Youth.
Identifiers - Location: European Union