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The Learning Conference 2003

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Lifelong Learning and Its Role in Vocational Education and Training

Anh Nuyen.

This paper examines the ways and extent to which the debate on lifelong learning is dependent on the broader social contexts. It begins by looking at the various views of lifelong learning that have been presented in the literature, before taking a critical look at the contemporary view where lifelong learning is seen as an individual's responsibility in order to maintain the currency of his/her employment-related skills. In doing so, it will be necessary to discuss the notions of work and vocation, and the changing nature of both, and how such discourse has informed lifelong learning ideology, learning and practice. The paper concludes with a discussion on the educational worth of lifelong learning to both the individual and society at large.


Anh Nuyen  (Australia)
Project Manager
School of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education
Queensland University of Technology

Anh Nuyen holds qualifications in Economics and Education. She has been involved in education in Australia for over 25 years, during which time she has worked as a secondary teacher, tertiary lecturer and public servant. Anh currently holds the position of Project manager with the School of mathematics, Science and Technology Education at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, australia.

  • Lifelong learning; vocational education and training; work; vocation; individual progressive sentiment; democratic progressive sentiment; adaptive progressive sentiment; learning culture

(30 min Conference Paper, English)