Lifelong learning for all: Connecting school with the rest of life (3)

 

1. It is vital to learn how to learn in the digital space which is part of our life

2. Lifelong learning (LLL): a new culture of learning

3. The most important lifelong learning (LLL) skills

Learning throughout life is not only a matter of studying, of absorbing academic knowledge through skills known as “3R” (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, see Figure).

 

The most important LLL skills

Figure. The most important lifelong learning (LLL) skills

 

To become a lifelong learner[20], it is not enough to acquire the skills called “4C” (Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, Critical Thinking) of the agile and creative thinker of the twenty-first century, capable of analyzing, evaluating and understanding complex systems, applying strategies to solve problems and working well with others.[21] Lifelong learning is a continuous and comprehensive literacy process that integrates these 21st century skills with a rigorous core content so that learners master basic 4C and 3R skills while nurturing and developing other internal skills of the lifelong learner, especially motivation and curiosity. In addition, the literate lifelong learner needs self-learning skills and a “digital readiness[22] that allow her/him to learn, unlearn and relearn at the interface of oral, written and ICT-enhanced communications (ICT: Information Communication Technology). Finally, s/he needs to be an entrepreneur. We enter the new era of entrepreneurship[23], an orange world of the work in networks[24] where the limiting resource is no longer knowledge but entrepreneurial skills and where responsibility for skills development passes from the collectivity to the person. The lifelong learner is a self-determined learner.[25]


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  1. It is vital to learn how to learn in the digital space which is part of our life
  2. Lifelong learning (LLL): a new culture of learning
  3. The most important lifelong learning (LLL) skills
  4. The LLL skills are natural
  5. The LLL skills can be lost… or cultivated
  6. Cultivating the LLL skills connecting school with the rest of life
  7. Lifelong learning is for all

[References]

  1. McKay B. & K.(2013) How and Why to Become a Lifelong Learner http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/03/18/how-and-why-to-become-a-lifelong-learner/
  1. Boss S. (2012) Edutopia – A Parent’s Guide to 21st-Century Learning https://www.edutopia.org/parent-21st-century-learning-resource-guide
  1. Horrigan J.B. (2016) The meaning of digital readiness. http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/09/20/the-meaning-of-digital-readiness/
  1. Davison R. (2011) The Fourth Economy: Inventing Western Civilization http://thefourtheconomy.com/
  1. Managing tomorrow’s people. The future of work to 2020 https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/managing-tomorrows-people/future-of-work/pdf/mtp-future-of-work.pdf
  1. Blaschke, L. M. (2012). Heutagogy and lifelong learning: A review of heutagogical practice and self-determined learning. http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1076/2087
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