ERIC Number: EJ1023326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Learning to Learn in the European Reference Framework for Lifelong Learning
Pirrie, Anne; Thoutenhoofd, Ernst D.
Oxford Review of Education, v39 n5 p609-626 2013
This article explores the construction of learning to learn that is implicit in the document "Key Competences for Lifelong Learning--European Reference Framework" and related education policy from the European Commission. The authors argue that the hallmark of learning to learn is the development of a fluid sociality rather than the promotion of fluent task-oriented behaviour. They also make the case for greater attention to the embodied, situated, affective and creative dimensions of learning to learn. These are considered in the context of the main trends in EU lifelong learning policy over the last two decades, which indicate a narrow instrumentalist approach to learning situated firmly within the human capital paradigm. The authors focus on the internal coherence of the Framework, and on the tensions inherent in learning "outcomes" that emphasise personal fulfilment and wellbeing, social cohesion and economic competitiveness respectively. This article is the first step in clarifying the epistemological basis of learning to learn, and wresting it from narrow identification with self-regulated learning and meta-cognition, and ultimately challenging a narrow reading of human capital theory.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning, Competence, Educational Policy, Epistemology, Learning Processes, Social Influences, Economic Factors, Well Being, Ideology, Human Capital, Labor Market, Curriculum, Role of Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: Adult Education
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