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ERIC Number: EJ899966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Lifelong Learning in Challenging Times
Thomson, Alastair
Adults Learning, v21 n9 p12-17 May 2010
In the wake of the general election, the new government--and the United Kingdom--face a range of pressing challenges. In this article, the author sets out what he believes to be the principal challenges and calls for action to create a learning society. The agenda set out would, if followed by the new government, pave the way to a genuine learning society. The main challenges the government will face going into a new Parliament are: (1) Financial; (2) Demographic; (3) Technological; (4) Environmental; (5) Social; and (6) Democratic. To meet these challenges, the author believes the United Kingdom needs an adult population that is: confident and capable; engaged and empowered; enterprising and curious; cultured and reflective; and tolerant and inclusive.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom