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lifelong learning

part of the UK NEW LABOUR education agenda. This broad policy can be traced back to ‘lifetime learning’, originally proposed by the Conservative government (DFEE 1996). It stems from the conviction that a post-industrial society requires a more highly educated and skilled workforce, with greater flexibility; that a KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY requires higher levels of education (although this has been disputed – see CREDENTIALISM). A further assumption is workers must be prepared for more frequent CAREER changes as lifelong careers can no longer be expected. see also LEARNING SOCIETY.

A distinction can be drawn between ‘mature students’ entering education for the first time (an aspect of WIDENING PARTICIPATION – see also ACCESS) and those learners who are already well-qualified who are updating their knowledge, skills and qualifications (i.e. professional development).

Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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