Networking and partnerships: another road to lifelong learning

Duke, C. (2012) Networking and partnerships: another road to lifelong learning. In: Aspin, D. N., Chapman, J., Evans, K. and Bagnall, R. (eds.) Second International Handbook of Lifelong Learning. Springer: Dordrecht, pp. 829-843. ISBN 9789400723597 (doi:10.1007/978-94-007-2360-3_50)

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At the time of writing, the UK-based International Journal of Lifelong Education (IJLE) was in its 30th year. Its title reflects a philosophical problem at the heart of the concept of lifelong learning, one revisited in its editorials from time to time. It also points up the difficulty of finding an effective language for discourse in this arena. A few years before the IJLE was founded, the OECD’s Centre for Education Research and Innovation (CERI) published a report called Recurrent Education; A Strategy for Lifelong Learning (OECD 1973). This proposed an approach to reforming the education system that would induce learning throughout life. The idea and term learning society was gaining ground; more recently, knowledge society and knowledge economy have found favour. The French term education permanente was used by the Council of Europe before that. It has been too literally translated as permanent education. For a while it was pilloried as a form of educational imperialism in which people were to be prisoners of school all their lives. This was at a time when the individualistic spirit of liberation of the 1960s was translated into hostility towards institutions that were seen as disempowering and ­self-serving, including schools and hospitals (Illich and Verne 1976).

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Duke, Professor Chris
Authors: Duke, C.
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