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Title: Lifelong learning and learning to learn: An enabler of new voices for the new times
Authors: Lee, Wing On
Keywords: Lifelong learning
Knowledge economy
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Lee, W. O. (2014). Lifelong learning and learning to learn: An enabler of new voices for the new times. International Review of Education, 60(4).
Abstract: Over the last two decades, there have been numerous attempts to review and re-examine whether conventional learning and teaching approaches are still useful or relevant. Lifelong learning institutions have grown in number and scope, and now fulfil a significant function in bridging the gap between what traditional formal education systems provide and what the rapidly changing labour market requires. Lifelong learning is a mode of seamless learning, whereby informal and experiential learning acquired in various settings can be converted to recognised learning, thereby helping to systematise the various learning experiences into knowledge formation, knowledge building and knowledge creation. This paper analyses certain features of the 21st century such as the knowledge economy, diversity and plurality, and equity. Communities now need to provide more opportunities for everyone to learn for their individual needs, especially when societal changes are happening at a fast pace and in an unpredictable manner. Anticipatory learning for the unknown will become a significant agenda of teaching and learning in the new times, and thus, the availability of lifelong learning opportunities will be essential for preparing citizens of the new times to meet the changing needs that confront them.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in International Review of Education. The published version is available online at
ISSN: 1573-0638 (online)
0020-8566 (print)
Other Identifiers: 10.1007/s11159-014-9443-z
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