ERIC Number: ED454423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
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Issues in the Study of Curriculum in the Context of Lifelong Learning.
The concept of lifelong learning has become important in recent years as adults increasingly need to adapt and innovate, become more flexible workers, and take more active roles in the education of their children. Most of the discussion of lifelong learning, however, is couched in terms of formal educational institutions. But informal learning may require a different vocabulary. A study using videotape clips from a range of British television and Open University programs has been used to illustrate how the concept of "curriculum" changes and functions in learning situations outside those to be found in formal institutional contexts. In more informal learning, "curriculum" can be taken to mean learning opportunities, which are organized in a particular learning situation. This definition contrasts to formal educational institution curriculums, which promulgate what things powerful groups in a particular society think students should learn and focus on subjects rather than processes. Although learning by adults outside workplace contexts or educational institutions is informal, it still can have a curriculum--a way of organizing knowledge--if a broad definition is used. Further research and reflection on issues associated with transferring the language of institutionalized learning into the lifelong learning context are needed. (Contains 20 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Development, Adult Students, Adults, Cognitive Development, Curriculum, Curriculum Research, Definitions, Developed Nations, Educational Principles, Educational Television, Foreign Countries, Informal Education, Learning Theories, Lifelong Learning, Postsecondary Education
For full text: http://brs.leeds.ac.uk/~beiwww/BEIA/bera99.htm.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)