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ERIC Number: ED476026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Making a European Area of Lifelong Learning a Reality. Communication from the Commission.
Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium). Directorate-General for Education and Culture.; Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium). Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs.
A Europe-wide consultation elicited contributions from more than 12,000 citizens and was conducted to identify coherent strategies and practical measures with a view toward fostering lifelong learning for all. The responses called for a broad definition of lifelong learning that emphasizes learning from preschool to postretirement and encompasses a whole spectrum of formal, nonformal, and informal learning. The consultation also highlighted the objectives of learning, including active citizenship, personal fulfillment, and social inclusion, as well as employment-related aspects. The following building blocks of coherent and comprehensive lifelong learning strategies were identified: (1) a partnership approach; (2) gaining insight into the needs of learners, potential learners, organizations, communities, wider society, and the labor market; (3) adequate resourcing; (4) facilitating access by developing the supply side; (5) creating a culture of learning; and (6) striving for excellence. The following were among the areas deemed priorities for action: (1) developing a comprehensive European approach to value learning; (2) information, guidance, and counseling; (3) investing time and money in learning; (4) bringing learning and learners closer together; (5) developing basic skills to give all citizens the foundations of lifelong learning; and (6) fostering innovative pedagogy. (A list of nine proposals regarding research and evaluation is appended along with a glossary. Eighty-six endnotes are listed.) (MN)
For full text: http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/education/life/communication/com_en .pdf. For full text in Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish or Swedish: http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/policies/lll/life/index_en.ht ml.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium). Directorate-General for Education and Culture.; Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium). Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs.