Lifelong learning for all: Connecting school with the rest of life (4)

 

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

Curiosity, motivation, self-learning, digital readiness: children naturally have all these special skills of the literate lifelong learner capable of creating, innovating, adapting to change, taking risks, prepared to live in an environment of uncertainty. “Kids have the skills that companies are looking for,” tells us Richard Gerver![26]

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Decades of research suggest that we are born learners. Younger children always explore their environment to make sense of it. They are curious by nature. They learn through play, asking their own questions instead of learning to respond by heart to other people’s questions.[27] The main reason why when we are young kids we learn more than in any other period, is that we are not afraid to undertake and make mistakes.[26] Most of the skills we use throughout life are learned on our own, thanks mostly to personal experience, in many cases quite easily, without the need for formal education. This disposition for self-learning manifests itself even within the digital space: groups of non-literate children can, without any instruction, learn on their own to use computers and the Internet, as well as self-organize to seek new knowledge and teach other children.[28] This natural auto-didactic disposition for self-motivated learning represents an essential attitude of the lifelong learner.


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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. Richard Gerver: “Kids have the skills that companies are looking for”. http://www.viaempresa.cat/ca/notices/2016/11/richard-gerver-it-s-the-kids-who-have-the-skills-that-companies-are-looking-for-22261.php
  1. Gopnik A. (2016) The Gardener and the Carpenter. http://us.macmillan.com/thegardenerandthecarpenter/alisongopnik/9780374229702
  1. Mitra S. (2007) Kids can teach themselves. https://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_shows_how_kids_teach_themselves
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