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Lifelong Learning: Meaning, Challenges, and Opportunities

  • Colin Nelson Power
  • Rupert Maclean
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Part of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (TVET, volume 19)

Abstract

In the foreseeable future, Asia will face some daunting demographic, economic and environmental challenges, all of which will necessitate the acquisition of new knowledge and skills if development in the region is to be sustainable and to cope with the impact of climate change and advances in science and technology. In this chapter, it is argued that skills development throughout life is crucial for all, for the entire workforce ranging from ‘knowledge workers’ to those living in poverty and refugees (political, economic and environmental). The research suggests that VET, industry-based training and adult and continuing education play a pivotal vital role in providing the ‘additionality’ needed for sustainable development and that skills development must be an integral part of education at all levels and in all of its form.

Keywords

Sustainable Development Lifelong Learning Poverty Reduction Poverty Alleviation Informal Learning 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge the assistance of Kenneth King, Mark Mason, Bob Adamson, Lee Moo Sung, Eric Tsang, Peter Kell and Maureen Tam who reviewed and made helpful comments on earlier drafts of this chapter. However, the authors take full responsibility for the final version of the chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia
  2. 2.Department of International Education and Lifelong LearningThe Hong Kong Institute of EducationHong KongChina

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