Lifelong learning for all: Connecting school with the rest of life (6b)

 

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

6a. Cultivating the LLL skills connecting school with the rest of life – Be a gardener, not a carpenter

6b. Cultivating the LLL skills connecting school with the rest of life

 

Be an example of “lifelong learner”

 

Children are programmed to learn through imitation. They do not imitate blindly: they see our shortcomings and learn from our mistakes. This means that we do not need to do things right, just live at their side and let them observe us.[27] Ideally, therefore, encouraging “lifelong learners” should be through the prime example of parents. Unfortunately, many experienced such significant frustration with formal education as children that they have a tendency to avoid activities related to learning in adult life. When they have children of their own, they often communicate their negative attitudes and thus perpetuate an intergenerational cycle of poor literacy. However, we are all lifelong learner, whether we know it or not. For example when preparing a new recipe or an excursion. Some are more aware of it than others.

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We live educating and every day provides us with many educational opportunities; to understand this is the greatest favor we can do to our children. In addition, parents need more and more for themselves to be lifelong learners. The desire to serve as learning leaders for their children can also be a motivation to (re)participate in learning. They can discover how it is still a positive experience at any stage of life. A family and intergenerational learning approach can support the development of LLL competencies for all age groups. It allows to overcome the artificial barriers between the home, the school and the community, between all forms of learning – formal, non-formal and informal – and between generations.[5] From here on, spread joy by encouraging lifelong learning in yourself and by talking about it to others. Be an awesome example for your children. Be the lifelong learner you want your child to be.

 


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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
    6a. Be a gardener, not a carpenter
    6b. Be an example of “lifelong learner”
    6c. Share learning experiences
    6d. Improve your digital readiness
  7. Lifelong learning is for all

[References]

  1. Hanemann U. (2015) Lifelong literacy: Some trends and issues in conceptualising and operationalising literacy from a lifelong learning perspective. http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/FIELD/Santiago/pdf/Hanemann-Lifelong-Literacy.pdf
  1. Gopnik A. (2016) The Gardener and the Carpenter. http://us.macmillan.com/thegardenerandthecarpenter/alisongopnik/9780374229702
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