Lifelong Learning: Its Meaning and Scope

  • Julia Preece


This is an introduction chapter that explores the scope and meaning of Lifelong Learning (LLL). LLL takes place from the cradle to the grave. There is a confusion and lack of understanding of the scope and meaning of LLL, which is further compounded by interchangeably using the two terminologies of education and LLL. A better understanding of the meaning and scope of LLL helps clarify the meaning and scope of LLL for poverty reduction through community development and engagement. Lifelong learning includes all forms of learning for behaviour change that takes place everywhere within and outside the four walls of the classroom. This includes learning under trees, within old buildings, along the road or any other place where there are human beings. This learning takes place across a lifespan; hence its scope has no limits. It covers learning for life, and goes back to the origins of life and work. Lifelong encompasses both planned and unplanned learning through different modes of delivery such as professional development, formal school, continuing education, distance education, e-learning, correspondence, home schooling and continuing education.


Life long learning Community development and engagement Planned and unplanned learning E-learning 


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  • Julia Preece
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  1. 1.University of KwaZulu NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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