The Nature of Knowledge and Lifelong Learning

  • Jean Barr
  • Morwenna Griffiths
Part of the Lifelong Learning Book Series book series (LLLB, volume 11)

This paper starts from the position that lifelong learning is more than is assumed in current policy rhetoric. This rhetoric focuses on training for a ‘knowledge economy’ in which all citizens play their part. We argue that this rhetoric depends on a view of knowledge as instrumental, individual and disembodied. Against this we propose a notion of knowledge as social, embodied and reflexive about its own roots in time and space. It is this notion that underpins the richer, more democratic notion of lifelong learning which we explore in this essay using examples drawn from various, diverse sites, especially museum and art education ‘from cradle to grave’.


Lifelong Learning Knowledge Economy Practical Philosophy Pedagogical Relationship Social Forum 
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© Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Barr
    • 1
  • Morwenna Griffiths
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Adult and Continuing EducationUniversity of GlasgowEngland
  2. 2.Classroom LearningEdinburgh UniversityEngland

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