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 2. The perils of confusing lifelong learning with lifelong education Stephen Billett 3. Demography, social structure and learning through life Ruud van der Veen 4. ‘The planet will not survive if it’s not a learning planet’: sustainable development within learning through life Shirley Walters 5. Migration and communities: challenges and opportunities for lifelong learning Shibao Guo 6. Citizenship and belonging as a moral imperative for lifelong learning Richard G. Bagnall 7. Well-being and happiness: critical, practical and philosophical considerations for policies and practices in lifelong learning Patricia A. Gouthro 8. Response to Learning through Life: thematic area of poverty reduction Julia Preece 9. Issues of citizenship: coming-into-presence and preserving the Difference Danny Wildemeersch and Joke Vandenabeele 10. Learning through life: a response to the special issue 29(4) Tom Schuller