ERIC Number: EJ993465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Learners or Participants? The Pros and Cons of "Lifelong Learning"
International Journal of Community Music, v5 n3 p217-235 Dec 2012
Whereas adult education used to be the preferred concept for those studying adult music-making, there is now an increasing trend away from this and towards lifelong learning. Uncritically adopting government lifelong learning discourses, however, blurs the line between educational ideals and political ones. Although there may be merit in the claims for the benefits of learning throughout the lifespan, I suggest that the meaning and values of practice in community music activities far exceed that of learning for learning's sake. I argue in this article that there are compelling reasons for reconsidering the use of the term "lifelong learning" for community music activities.
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Music Education, Music, Music Activities, Adult Education, Participation
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