1st Edition

Inquiry into the Future of Lifelong Learning in the UK An International Analysis

Edited By Peter Jarvis Copyright 2012

    This volume offers a comprehensive international response to the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)’s inquiry into the future of lifelong learning in the UK. The book focuses upon some of the main themes of the inquiry, and analyses them from very broad perspectives undertaken by some of the world’s leading scholars. It provides an excellent introduction to significant debates about lifelong learning such as ecology, migration, morality, happiness and poverty. Each chapter raises issues of policy and practice, with clear areas of discussion, thus assisting readers in truly engaging with the issues. The final chapter contains a response by Tom Schuller, one of the NIACE’s inquiry authors. This book is essential reading for students of lifelong learning, especially educational policy makers.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Lifelong Education.

    1. Inquiry into the Future of Lifelong Learning Peter Jarvis, University of Surrey, UK

    2. The perils of confusing lifelong learning with lifelong education Stephen Billett, Griffith University, Australia

    3. Demography, social structure and learning through life Ruud van der Veen, Teachers College New York, USA

    4. ‘The planet will not survive if it’s not a learning planet’: sustainable development within learning through life Shirley Walters, West Cape University, South Africa

    5. Migration and communities: challenges and opportunities for lifelong learning Shibao Guo, University of Calgary, Canada

    6. Citizenship and belonging as a moral imperative for lifelong learning Richard G. Bagnall, Griffith University, Australia

    7. Well-being and happiness: critical, practical and philosophical considerations for policies and practices in lifelong learning Patricia A. Gouthro, University of Mount St Vincent, Nova Scotia, Canada

    8. Response to Learning through Life: thematic area of poverty reduction Julia Preece, National University of Lesotho

    9. Issues of citizenship: coming-into-presence and preserving the Difference Danny Wildemeersch and Joke Vandenabeele, Leuven University, Belgium

    10. Learning through life: a response to the special issue 29(4) Tom Schuller, Longview, London


    Peter Jarvis is a founding editor of The International Journal of Lifelong Education. A prolific writer and editor, he has written and edited over 40 books on the subject. He is a frequent lecturer in universities in different parts of the world.