Importance Of Lifelong Education Essay

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Register to read the introduction… Over the last few years the government’s focus has been on learning outside the classroom and the Lifelong Learning Sector has expanded over the last few years.
Watson and Taylor (1998) state, “It has become fashionable to describe UK higher education as having shifted over the past decade from an ‘elite’ to a ‘mass’ system”.
Lifelong learning is all learning activity undertaken throughout life whether formal or informal.
Lifelong Learning as a concept of connecting the various stages of formal and informal learning to formal education became popularised during the 1960s and 1970s.
It is seen as a way of seeking to broaden the concept of education for all, while promoting education for social development and economic growth.
Lifelong learning crosses sectors, promoting learning beyond traditional schooling and through-out adult life. This definition is based on Jacques Delors, (Learning – The Treasure Within, 1996, page 45-47) ‘four pillars’ of education for the future.

Learning to know – mastering learning tools rather than acquisition of structured
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Wilson, (2008, p82), states that “in 1998 the Adult and Community Learning Fund was established with the aim of widening and increasing the participation in learning and improving the standard of basic skills.” Community Learning supports people in the community who do not want to participate in education or training within learning institutions, such as Colleges or Universities. Hence learning was taken out into the wider community to accommodate these learners, for example to community centres and social clubs. There is an important link in this context between learning and social regeneration. As well as there being economic benefits to this type of learning, it is also beneficial in promoting active citizenship and strengthening the family and neighbourhood. Community Learning has proved to be effective in engaging a range of disadvantaged and marginal adults.
All areas of what is learnt and taught in any given curriculum, in any context are guided by the principles and ethos of inclusive learning, differentiation and widening participation that places the learner at the epicentre of education. The whole philosophy of inclusive learning was born out of the humanist school of thinking. Emotional factors and personal growth are vitally important to the development of an

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