Lifelong Learning

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Lifelong Learning Overview Lifelong learning can be defined as a deliberate continuous process of learning undertaken to increase one's knowledge base, competencies, and skills throughout life. It is not a new idea and was developed in ancient writings, was especially emphasized in the writings of earlier European education theorists like Matthew Arnold and Comenius (Sharma, 2004). The term lifelong education appeared in English language writings about 8 decades ago and many main ideas related to the concept were presented soon after the World War II. Around 1970, the idea got the momentum and its implementation was favored by many educationists and politicians. But still up till 1991, it remained an emerging approach to learning. The year 1996 was declared by the European Union (EU) as the year of lifelong learning. Relationship between Theory, Principles and Practices We need to develop our competences and skills throughout our lives, for our personal fulfillment as well as for our active engagement in the society where we live. So, lifelong learning has become a necessity for everyone. It is important to develop relationship between theory of lifelong learning, its principles and practices. It is because, learning m ay initiate from any of these sources. There are two approaches related to lifelong learning: the economic one and the personal one. According to the economic justification, lifelong learning helps in achieving future goals (economics related).
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