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Globalizing Lifelong Learning - International Organizations' Strategies of Lifelong Learning
Zapp, Mike mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS) >]
IAHE conference 'Current Trends in the Concepts and Strategies of Lifelong Learning
23-09-2012 to 25-09-2012
St. Petersburg
[en] Development Cooperation ; international organizations ; Globalization
[en] While the 1970s still knew 'permanent education' (Council of Europe), 'recurrent education' (OECD)
and 'lifelong education' (UNESCO), over the past 20 years, 'lifelong learning' has become the single
buzz word and catch-all term for reform in above all (pre-) primary, higher and adult education in both
national and international education policy making. Both highly industrialized and less industrialized
countries embrace the term, in many cases motivated by international and supranational organizations.
Yet, literature and empirical investigation on the concepts, models and strategies those organizations
promulgate and pursue remains, at best, scant.
The paper first wants to demonstrate the worldwide diffusion of concepts of lifelong learning as found
in national education reports and international organizations' statements. It then sheds light on the
particular lifelong learning positions in the concepts of the European Union, the World Bank and
UNESCO. Additionally, national development agencies' position towards lifelong learning will be
assessed since it constitutes one specific type of international policy making.
Particular attention will be given to trends of convergence and divergence in international
organizations' concepts and implementation strategies of lifelong learning, especially in light of highly
different socioeconomic and sociocultural conditions of industrialized and less industrialized countries.

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