Lifelong learning as a European skill formation policy

W.J. Nijhof

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    The connection between lifelong learning and knowledge economy is the central focus of this article. The two themes play a major role in the political debate both at the European and the local level. The focus is a curriculum theoretical point of view. This means that the justification of assumptions, values, and arguments will be tested, mainly epistemological, economical, and political, based on an arbitrary selection of well-documented papers. The arguments for and against a knowledge economy and the policy of lifelong learning will be formulated. Finally, it will be argued that a flexible skill formation system with different trajectories in the lifetime is essential for Europe. There should, however, be a strong basis in general vocational education.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)1-17
    JournalHRD review
    Issue numberX
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • METIS-228094
    • knowledge economy
    • skill formation system
    • Knowledge society
    • Life-LONG Learning
    • IR-60117

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