Lifelong learning and environmental sustainability

John Blewitt

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputChapter (peer-reviewed)


The current policy focus on lifelong learning ensures a gendered and class-based skills-driven agenda, with lifelong learners expected to become neo-liberal subjects rather than empowered members of communities. What complexities and challenges arise from attempts to align lifelong learning with social justice? What are the costs of a focus on learning which rests on economic imperatives? Lifelong learning is at the forefront of the educational arena, both nationally and internationally, although what it means is highly contestable. In recent times, lifelong learning has increasingly come to mean vocational education and training within a globalised knowledge economy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLifelong learning and social justice
Subtitle of host publicationcommunities, work and identities in a globalised world
EditorsSue Jackson
Place of PublicationLeicester (UK)
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-86201-495-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-86201-454-1, 1-86201-454-X
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2011


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