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ERIC Number: ED478954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-92-896-0151-5
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)
CEDEFOP, PO Box 22427, Thessaloniki, GR-55102 Greece. Tel: 30 31 49 01 11; Fax: 30 31 49 01 02; e-mail:; Web site: (#4025 EN, free). For full text: 4025_en.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (Greece).
Identifiers - Location: Greece