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Is lifelong learning still useful? Disappointments and prospects for rediscovery

James, David ORCID: 2020. Is lifelong learning still useful? Disappointments and prospects for rediscovery. Journal of Education and Work 33 (7-8) , pp. 522-532. 10.1080/13639080.2020.1852509

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This paper considers the potential significance of a concept of lifelong learning in the context of digital disruption. Having noted some contemporary contrasts in the visibility of lifelong learning policy, it revisits the earlier more widespread dominance of the concept, identifying not only variety but also tensions that are inherent and constituent. Drawing on examples from England and Singapore, difficulties arising from compass, scope and fluidity of goals are discussed, illustrating how lifelong learning can lose its meaning. The paper then turns to the prospects for a new concept of lifelong learning that may be more sustainable and meaningful in a context characterised by digital and other changes to the nature of work, suggesting that such a concept must be both life-facing and work-facing.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1363-9080
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 November 2020
Date of Acceptance: 12 November 2020
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 19:36

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