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Overview

There is a widespread consensus that adult education and continuing vocational training are central elements in a strategy aimed at achieving economic growth. However, the stakes are not only economic. Adult education has also become a structural determinant of employment opportunities, earnings and quality of life. Adults who lack the motivation, opportunity or information needed to participate in a lifelong learning society will become increasingly disadvantaged. Educational systems must prepare people for a life of active learning.

This volume argues that the principles of lifelong learning must be at the heart of a new approach to skills development. Lifelong learning is advocated not as a theoretical and utopian idea, but as the inevitable reality in affluent, technologically advanced, politically and culturally pluralistic societies.

Each chapter addresses one of several questions important for the future of lifelong education. In particular they concern theory and research on the five themes: lifespan development and education; intelligence; transfer and capacity to learn; informal learning in the work place; learning to learn; and the implications for policy.

There is a widespread consensus that adult education and continuing vocational training are central elements in a strategy aimed at achieving economic growth. However, the stakes are not only economic. Adult education has also become a structural determinant of employment opportunities, earnings and quality of life. Adults who lack the motivation, opportunity or information needed to participate in a lifelong learning society will become increasingly disadvantaged. Educational systems must prepare people for a life of active learning.

This volume argues that the principles of lifelong learning must be at the heart of a new approach to skills development. Lifelong learning is advocated not as a theoretical and utopian idea, but as the inevitable reality in affluent, technologically advanced, politically and culturally pluralistic societies.

Each chapter addresses one of several questions important for the future of lifelong education. In particular they concern theory and research on the five themes: lifespan development and education; intelligence; transfer and capacity to learn; informal learning in the work place; learning to learn; and the implications for policy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780080419268
  • Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Editors' Preface
Pt. I Lifespan Development and Education
1 Learning for life: New ideas, new significance 3
2 Age, gender, and learning in the lifespan 17
3 Lifespan learning: Developmental tasks and their management 33
4 Ageing and learning: An agenda for the future 53
Pt. 2 Capacity to Learn in the Lifespan
5 Fluid abilities and epistemic thinking: Some prescriptions for adult education 73
6 Fostering the acquisition and transfer of intellectual skills 91
7 Practical intelligence 109
Pt. 3 Skills Formation in the Work Place
8 Informal learning on the job 125
9 Skills needed in the work place 137
Pt. 4 Learning to Learn in the Lifespan
10 Theories and principles of learning to learn 159
11 Implementing the learning to learn concept 173
Pt. 5 Implications for Policy and Practice
12 Effective adult learning 191
13 Paradigm shifts in adult education 205
14 Public intervention in adult education 223
15 Learning for life: Policy conclusions 239
Notes on the Contributors 248
Index 253
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