ERIC Number: ED468940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Lessons without Limit: How Free-Choice Learning Is Transforming Education.
Falk, John H.; Dierking, Lynn D.
This book advocates establishing "learning systems" that utilize all the educational resources of communities to connect and extend learning opportunities across a lifetime. The following are among the topics discussed: (1) the essence of lifelong learning and a learning society; (2) how and why people engage in free-choice learning; (3) the free-choice learning landscape; (4) learning from the inside out; (5) learning from the outside in; (6) learning during the early years of childhood; (7) older children as eager travelers on the road to learning; (8) adolescents' journey in search of a purpose; (9) young adults and learning in pursuit of new roads and new adventures; (10) middle-aged adults and learning to "walk the crest" and "avoid the ruts"; (11) learning among older adults; and (12) the free-choice learners' Bill of Rights. The following recommendations for building a 21st century learning society are offered: (1) focus educational reform efforts on individuals; (2) restructure all departments of education into departments of learning to encompass all types and degrees of lifelong learning; (3) establish a lifelong learning budget for every citizen; (4) create, train, and support a cadre of personal learning coaches; and (5) develop new models of assessment focusing on individual growth and development. (Contains 153 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Adolescents, Adult Learning, Age Differences, Change Strategies, Children, Continuing Education, Definitions, Discovery Learning, Early Childhood Education, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Futures (of Society), Humanistic Education, Independent Study, Informal Education, Learning Motivation, Learning Processes, Lifelong Learning, Middle Aged Adults, Nonformal Education, Nontraditional Education, Older Adults, Open Education, Systems Approach, Teacher Student Relationship, Young Adults
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