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This key text provides an overview of current theoretical issues, areas of study and major themes that are covered in Education Studies programs

Education for Lifelong Learning
Education for lifelong learning
SteveBartlett

This chapter examines the ideological underpinnings of the term ‘lifelong learning’. Global pressures which have led to the international development of policies in this area are outlined and then the increasing importance lifelong learning has assumed in England is considered. The chapter concludes by questioning whether the process of lifelong learning is really about the self-fulfilment of the individual or if it is part of the continuing adaptation and development of education as a form of social control.

Lifelong learning is very closely linked with many of the other issues explored in this volume. The term ‘lifelong’ suggests that learning begins at birth, progresses through early childhood into compulsory then post-compulsory education and on through the rest of life. ...

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