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1st Edition

The Concepts and Practices of Lifelong Learning

ISBN 9780415428613
Published January 31, 2008 by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

This textbook gives a wide-ranging, research-informed introduction to issues in lifelong learning across a variety of educational settings and practices. Its very accessible approach is multi-disciplinary drawing on sociology and psychology in particular. In addition, issues are discussed within an international context. While there has been a proliferation of texts focussing on particular areas of practice such as higher education, there is little in the way of a broad overview.

Chapters one to four introduce various conceptions of lifelong learning, the factors that impinge on learning through the life course, and the social and the economic rationale for lifelong learning. Chapters five-ten consider the varied sites of lifelong learning, from the micro to macro (from the home to the region to the virtual). Chapter eleven draws the strands together in the context of turbulence and continuing transition in personal and work roles, and against the background of future technological development.

This timely overview will be relevant to education and training professionals, education studies students and the general reader.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Learning Through the Lifecourse  3. The Social Dimensions of Lifelong Learning  4. The Economics of Lifelong Learning  5. LL and Schools  6. LL and Tertiary Institutions  7. Learning at Work  8. Learning in the Community and the Home  9. Learning in the Region  10. Learning at Distance - Information and Communications Technology and LL  11. Conclusion

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Professor Michael Osborne is Deputy Head of the Institute of Education and Co-director of the PASCAL Observatory on Place Management, Social Capital and Learning Regions and the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning (CRLL) at the University of Stirling.

Brenda Morgan-Klein is Senior Lecturer in Adult Education at the Institute of Education, The University of Stirling where she is Director of the First Year Undergraduate Programme in Education. She has previously been Director of the Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE).


'Morgan-Klein and Osborne are key researchers in the field of lifelong learning. Their book is very well researched, and approaches contested topics in a pleasingly balanced way ... The book is a welcome addition to the literature, and will be a useful text for learning and teaching in the fields of education and sociology. It will also be relevant for consideration in employability modules in any university discipline.' - ESCalate, Higher Education Academy