Lifelong learning in Australia: a policy failure


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Author: Watson, Louise


Since OECD Education Ministers declared ‘lifelong learning for all’ a policy priority in 1996, the concept has been embraced by many politicians and education stakeholders in Australia. Lifelong learning has been the focus of numerous Ministerial statements and government reports over the past eight years, but in practice, there has been minimal change to Australia’s education and training system. This paper argues that the lifelong learning policy agenda threatens entrenched interests in Australian education and training that are an obstacle to structural reform. The author identifies...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Lifelong learning; Policy; Governance

Keywords: Political aspects; Government policy; Education and training system

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Coldstream, Victoria: AARE, [2004]

Physical description: [12] p.

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Conference name: AARE National Conference

Date: 2004

Place: Melbourne, Victoria

Statement of responsibility: Louise Watson

Resource type: Conference paper

Document number: TD/TNC 84.32

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