Lifelong learning means effective and sustainable learning - Reasons, ideas, concrete measures
The term lifelong learning was first used 30 years ago by Edgar Faure in his seminal work, Learning to be, and adopted by Unesco as a blueprint for universal education. The concept was intended to embody the need for democracy, equal opportunity, and individual self-fulfilment, which would only be possible if the tools for learning were available to all, and not restricted to a privileged elite. Not only should learning be lifelong, it should also be “life-wide”: meaning that learning cannot be confined to formal educational institutions, but rather is seen to take place in a wide variety of settings – including the workplace and in social and recreational contexts. With my colleague Arthur Cropley I have described the characteristics of a lifelong learner as someone who is strongly aware of the relationship between learning and real life, recognizes the need for lifelong learning and is highly motivated to engage in the process, and has the necessary confidence and learning skills.