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ERIC Number: ED422608
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
Education for Lifelong Learning: Literature Synthesis. Research You Can Use: Lifelong Learning Series, Booklet 5.
Cotton, Kathleen
Engaging in lifelong learning is rapidly changing from an option to a necessity for remunerative employment, competent citizenship, and everyday personal life. This booklet examines why today's students need to become lifelong learners, the kinds of attitudes and skills required, and the kinds of preschool-through-grade-12 educational practices that best prepare youngsters to become lifelong learners. Half of the documents summarized are reports of research studies; the remainder are futurist documents, theory papers, program descriptions, and statements of expert opinion. Early childhood education should de-emphasize academics and be child-centered and socially oriented. School-age children perform best when the focus is on learning, not competing, when tasks are clear and personally relevant, when they are challenged and expected to do well, and when they have personable teachers to engage their interest. The skills associated with lifelong learning include communication skills, self-directed learning skills, research and library skills, study skills and learning strategies, metacognition, higher order thinking skills, and learning-style awareness. Teacher and family roles are outlined. Contains an annotated bibliography of 30 key references and 73 additional references. (MLH)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. School Improvement Program.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A