What is Lifelong Learning Europa (2003) defines lifelong learning as: all learning activity undertaken throughout life, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competence, within a personal, civic, social and/or employment-related perspective
Top Ten Benefits of Lifelong Learning1. Help fully develop natural abilities2. Opens minds3. Creates a curious, hungry mind4. Increases wisdom5. Makes world a better place6. Helps us adapt to change7. Helps us find meaning in life8. Helps us become active contributors to society9. Helps us make new friends10. Leads to an enriching life of self-fulfillment From Nordstrom
Why is Lifelong Learning Important?1. It promotes our natural and human curiosity2. It is good for business3. It is the best way to encourage students and motivate them, knowing that there is more available beyond the school walls4. It does continue beyond graduation of high school or college5. The above video is about creating fieldtrips2.0 blogs like at EduBlogs.org and Wikispaces.com6. Lifelong Learning helps to foster continuous activity and good mental health thus prolonging life and wellness.7. As the population ages, particularly the baby boom generation, it will be more important for them to find things they want to learn about and do8. Lifelong Learning is about experiencing the new and unknown9. Whether you are in school or not, lifelong learning can continue10. Whether it is picking up a book at a library or reading in a bookstore11. Watch a play, see a movie, travel, relax, ……live the life you were meant to12. Be the teacher that you need in your own life, or find someone who can be13. Seek out new experiences and work at what is stopping you14. Be inspired, or inspiring to others15. Learn from others mistakes and your own16. Achieve a balanced lifestyle17. Know what personal success means to you so that you don’t bring yourself down18. Be a Legend…..19. Do what you want or love to do20. Find your place in the world and know that there is a reason for everything http://educationation.today.com/2009/01/05/why-is-lifelong-learning-important/
Tips on Assisting Students to Become a Lifelong Learner Active investigator: teach your students to initiate questions Search for information Draw conclusions Critical thinker: How to analyse and synthesise information Teach them how to judge data. Self-directed learner: You can help your students by considering their learning styles, their prior knowledge, and their strengths and weaknesses. This will help your children plan and organize their own thinking. Effective communicator: Your students will need to demonstrate and express one’s feelings, thoughts, and ideas concerning a topic of investigation. Your students need to work in collaborative situations to help facilitate good communication. To be an effective communicator will help children become lifelong learners.
What is Lifelong Learning from University of Adelaide the basic idea behind the term lifelong learning is that deliberate, focused learning does and should occur throughout a persons lifetime For University education, the following are considered crucial: student-centred learning; .. a focus on learning so as to equip students with the attitudes and skills to learn for themselves both in formal education and long after they have graduated; .. recognising that learning occurs in a wide variety of contexts both in the Universitys academic and non- academic settings, and beyond, in the community, the workplace and the family (i.e. "lifewide learning").
What A Lifelong Learner Look Like Plan their own learning Assess their own learning Are active rather than passive learners Learn in both formal and informal settings Learn from their peers, teachers, mentors etc. Integrate knowledge from different subject areas when required Use different learning strategies for different situations. From Knapper and Cropley (2000, p. 170)
Why is Lifelong Learning Important? the need to meet the expanding educational needs and expectations of larger numbers of students from increasingly diverse backgrounds the emergence of new occupations and careers and the rapid transformation of others the explosion in knowledge and technology the shift to an information society economic restructuring, organisational reform, and changes in the workplace and career patterns financial stringencies and the need to find more effective ways of learning and teaching within constrained resources.
Evaluation of Lifelong Learning The Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs (DETYA) has begun trialing multiple choice tests of university graduates generic skills. These types of tests are sometimes seen as assessing lifelong learning skills. We would take the view that tests of generic skills are fairly limited, in that they fail to take into account the attitudinal dimension of learning. That is, a student may have critical thinking skills or IT skills (or whatever else passes as a generic skill) but still not take responsibility for their own learning or even be capable of designing and assessing their own learning experiences.