ERIC Number: ED476026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
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)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Basic Skills, Career Counseling, Conventional Instruction, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Educational Opportunities, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Informal Education, International Organizations, Lifelong Learning, Nonformal Education, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Teaching Methods
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
Education Level: 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.