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Learning Across the Lifespan: Theories, Research, Policies

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30 Oct 1992
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
280 pages - 156 x 234 x 17mm


There is a widespread consensus that adult education and continuing vocational training are central elements in a strategy aimed at achieving economic growth. However, the stakes are not only economic. Adult education has also become a structural determinant of employment opportunities, earnings and quality of life. Adults who lack the motivation, opportunity or information needed to participate in a lifelong learning society will become increasingly disadvantaged. Educational systems must prepare people for a life of active learning. This volume argues that the principles of lifelong learning must be at the heart of a new approach to skills development. Lifelong learning is advocated not as a theoretical and utopian idea, but as the inevitable reality in affluent, technologically advanced, politically and culturally pluralistic societies. Each chapter addresses one of several questions important for the future of lifelong education. In particular they concern theory and research on the five themes: lifespan development and education; intelligence; transfer and capacity to learn; informal learning in the work place; learning to learn; and the implications for policy.
Foreword, J. J. M. Ritzen. Editors' preface. Part 1: Lifespan Development and Education. Learning for life: new ideas, new significance, A. C. Tuijnman & M. van der Kamp. Age, gender and learning in the lifespan, T. Schuller. Lifespan learning: developmental tasks and their management, P. G. Heymans. Ageing and learning: an agenda for the future, R. Hiemstra. Part 2: Capacity to Learn in the Lifespan. Fluid abilities and epistemic thinking: some prescriptions for adult education, D. F. Lohman & G. Scheurman. Fostering the acquisition and transfer of intellectual skills, E. de Corte. Practical intelligence, R. K. Wagner. Part 3: Skills Formation in the Work Place. Informal learning on the job, B. van Onna. Skills needed in the work place, J. Onstenk. Part 4: Learning to Learn in the Lifespan. Theories and principles of learning to learn, P. R-J. Simons. Implementing the learning to learn concept, R. M. Smith. Part 5: Implications for Policy and Practice. Effective adult learning, M. van der Kamp. Paradigm shifts in adult education, A. C. Tuijnman. Public intervention in adult education, J. Lowe. Learning for life: policy conclusions, W. Houtkoop & P. van den Dool. Notes on contributors. Index.

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