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ERIC Number: ED494687
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-9
Pages: 248
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-0-4153-5698-9ISBN-978-0-41535-698-5
Adult Learning in the Digital Age: Information Technology and the Learning Society
Selwyn, Neil; Gorard, Stephen; Furlong, John
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
This book sheds light on the ways in which adults in the twenty-first century interact with technology in different learning environments. Based on one of the first large-scale academic research projects in this area, the authors present their findings and offer practical recommendations for the use of new technology in a learning society. They invite debate on: why ICTs are believed to be capable of affecting positive change in adult learning; the drawbacks and limits of ICT in adult education; what makes a lifelong learner; and the wider social, economic, cultural and political realities of the information age and the learning society. Adult Learning addresses key questions and provides a sound empirical foundation to the existing debate, highlighting the complex realities of the learning society and e-learning rhetoric. It tells the story of those who are excluded from the learning society, and offers a set of strong recommendations for practitioners, policy-makers, and politicians, as well as researchers and students. The book includes ten chapters as follows: (1) The Promise of the Learning Society; (2) The Perils of the Learning Society; (3) Researching the Learning Society; (4) What Makes a Lifelong Learner?; (5) What Do People Use ICT For?; (6) Learning and ICT in the Home; (7) Learning and ICT at Work; (8) Learning and ICT in the Community; (9) The Reality of the Learning Society; and (10) What Should We Do?
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
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