Lifelong learning through the SkillsFuture movement in Singapore: challenges and prospects


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Author: Tan, Charlene


This article examines the promotion of lifelong learning (LLL) in Singapore through a new national initiative known as the SkillsFuture movement. It is argued that the attainment of LLL is confronted with three key challenges, the first being the sociocultural preference for academic rather than vocational education in Singapore. Secondly, there is an absence of a strong local culture that underscores the habits of mind needed for LLL. The final challenge is the dominant ideology of pragmatism that potentially conflicts with the goal of the SkillsFuture movement for individuals to enjoy...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Lifelong learning; Policy; Culture and society; Participation; Skills and knowledge

Keywords: Attitude; Barrier

Geographic subjects: Singapore; Asia

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 36

Journal number: 3

Journal date: May-June 2017

Pages: pp. 278-291

ISSN: 0260-1370, 1464-519X (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 128.691

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