ERIC Number: ED478954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Lifelong Learning: Citizens' Views.
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (Greece).
A questionnaire asked citizens their views on lifelong learning, including participation in, experiences of, and motivations for learning. Findings indicated 9 in 10 European citizens think lifelong learning is important to some extent; lifelong learning is important for social and economic reasons; the majority think lifelong learning is for people of all ages; traditional basic skills, then social skills, are most important; people think they need a broader range of skills in working than in personal life; they are aware of a skills gap; the majority think they learn best in informal settings; where they learn depends on personal and social situations; the majority took part in education or training in the past year or would like to; many take up learning on their own initiative; social and personal reasons outweighed work-related motives; and lack of time is an important obstacle, but individualized and flexible learning options could be effective incentives. By comparison, Greek respondents stood out in these ways: they are most likely to think lifelong learning is not important; they are most likely to see it as serving a wide range of objectives and as a compensatory measure for those who did poorly at school; they rate all kinds of knowledge and skills as very useful; they see themselves as much less proficient in using computers, Internet, and scientific/technological tools; and most had not been involved in education/training in the past year or are not interested. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Attitude Measures, Basic Skills, Developed Nations, Educational Attitudes, Educational Benefits, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Foreign Countries, Informal Education, Learning Motivation, Lifelong Learning, Majority Attitudes, Public Opinion, Questionnaires, Student Motivation
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (Greece).
Identifiers - Location: Greece