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Learning Cities, Learning Regions, Learning Communities
Lifelong Learning and Local Government

ISBN 9780415371759
Published March 29, 2006 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the mental and social landscape of the city of today and tomorrow; the way in which people think, interact, work together, learn and live with and among each other. Written to address the urgent need for a guide to the principles and practices of lifelong learning, the topics covered include:

  • an introduction to the idea of learning cities
  • policies and strategies for the learning city, including examples form around the world
  • how to activate learning, involve stakeholders and encourage citizen participation in a learning city or region.

Written by one of the world’s foremost thinkers in the field, this book is highly readable and easily accessible to anyone interested in the issues addressed. Workers in local, regional and national government, academics and students of lifelong learning, in addition to anyone with an interest in the future of cities and communities will find this a truly invaluable resource and guide to a way of thinking that many see as the way to a better tomorrow.

Table of Contents

Where are We Coming From?  The Learning City and Learning Region Defined: Policies and Strategies for the Learning City and Region.  Local Government and the City as a Learning Organisation.  Tools for Measuring and Monitoring the Learning City and Region

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Norman Longworth, Visiting Professor of Lifelong Learning at Napier University Edinburgh, University of Stirling, and Ecole Superieure de Commerce, Toulouse.

Past holder of UNESCO/IBM Chair in Information Technology and Education,

co-author of ‘Lifelong Learning - new visions, new implications, new roles.’

Author of 'Making Lifelong Learning Work - Learning Cities for a Learning Century' and ‘Lifelong Learning in Action – Transforming 21st Century Education.’

Author of European Commission Policy Paper on the local and regional dimension of Lifelong Learning

Former President of European Lifelong Learning Initiative,

Current Vice-President of World Initiative on Lifelong Learning

Consultant to European Commission Socrates Programme

Project Manager, European Commission TELS project, PALLACE project, LILLIPUT project and Advisor/Developer of Indicators project – all producing results and materials in the field of Learning Cities and Regions

Author of Lifelong Learning reports for OECD, UNESCO and European Commission


'The book is well pitched to both towards practitioners and academics - which is no mean feat. As a 'how to' guide at the level of individual and group action it is very useful and insightful.' - Studies in the Education of Adults

'This book is strong on argument and recommendations, aiming to stir and exhort the reader to action... It is well written, full of relevant topics and professionally produced.'- Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning Volume 9 Number 2