Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
| Editors: Arthur Tatnall

Lifelong Learning for Working People

  • John FieldEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_61

The idea and practices of lifelong learning are now commonplace across much of the world, largely as a result of policy responses to accelerating economic change (Field 2006; Tuijnman and Boström 2002; Zapp and Dahmen 2017). The challenges to which lifelong learning is said to propose a solution, though, are multiple and complex. Across the globe, new technologies from digitization to robotics have come together with globalization off the economy and the consequent reconfiguration of work to transform the labor market for new entrants while placing new demands on older workers to adapt to changing career prospects. In many countries, particularly the established economies of North America, Asia, Europe, and Australasia, these trends are further impacted by a general shift away from manufacturing toward service employment, as well as by important social changes, including population aging and growing diversity arising from migration. At the same time changing social values have led to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Social ScienceUniversity of StirlingStirlingUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Don Passey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Educational ResearchLancaster UniversityLancasterUK