ERIC Number: EJ1021797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Lifelong Education for Subjective Well-Being: How Do Engagement and Active Citizenship Contribute?
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v32 n5 p639-651 2013
This article addresses the question: how can lifelong education contribute to subjective well-being by engaging learners and fostering active citizenship? The question arises due to the fact that governments in the western world have identified well-being as an important policy driver. Well-being research suggests that subjective well-being, student engagement and active citizenship are interconnected--that engagement and active citizenship contribute to subjective well-being. The paper discusses three emerging views about how lifelong education can engage learners in active citizenship. One conforms to mainstream views that lifelong education must prepare learners for success in a globalized world as global citizens. Another holds that lifelong education must be reformed to create global citizens who contribute to social well-being. A third view aligns with social critical perspectives that lifelong education must advance well-being through social justice. The paper concludes by discussing how conforming, reforming and radical views about lifelong education can enhance active citizenship, engagement and well-being.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning, Well Being, Learner Engagement, Citizen Participation, Citizenship, Global Approach, Educational Change, Social Justice, Critical Theory, Curriculum
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand