Deschooling society? A lifelong learning network for sustainable communities, urban regeneration and environmental technologies

John Blewitt

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Abstract

The complexity and multifaceted nature of sustainable lifelong learning can be effectively addressed by a broad network of providers working co-operatively and collaboratively. Such a network involving the third, public and private sector bodies must realise the full potential of accredited flexible and blended formal learning, contextual opportunities offered by enablers of informal and non formal learning and the affordances derived from the various loose and open spaces that can make social learning effective. Such a conception informs the new Lifelong Learning Network Consortium on Sustainable Communities, Urban Regeneration and Environmental Technologies established and led by the Lifelong Learning Centre at Aston University. This paper offers a radical, reflective and political evaluation of its first year in development arguing that networked learning of this type could prefigure a new model for lifelong learning and sustainable education that renders the city itself a creative medium for transformative learning and sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3465-3478
Number of pages14
JournalSustainability
Volume2
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2010

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Keywords

  • learning
  • sustainability
  • community

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