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ERIC Number: EJ1199967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
Lifelong Learning: An Organising Principle for Reform
Brown, Tony
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v58 n3 p312-335 Nov 2018
The idea of learning throughout life has been present in educational thinking since Plato. However, as a guiding principle for integrating educational efforts, it is a much more recent development. This paper canvasses the rise of interest in lifelong learning internationally as a policy initiative, an umbrella under which other learning policies can be accommodated; examines how interest ebbed in recent years; before considering why and how it should be reconceptualised in Australia. It looks at the experience of other similar countries, noting how some governments withdrew support for lifelong learning, resulting in a decline in adult participation, while in others the process of introducing policy change has been maintained and continues even under the strains imposed by the global financial crisis.
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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: Australia; Europe