Lifelong Learning in Action: Hong Kong Practitioners' Perspectives

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Introduction to Part One
Lifelong Learning: Evolution of a
Conceptual Map and Some
Implications

Albert Tuijnman


INTRODUCTION

The trends and developments that have made lifelong learning a policy priority for the advanced industrialized countries are introduced briefly in this chapter. A framework for organizing lifelong learning policies is also described. Third, a number of essential policy parameters of lifelong learning policies are presented, especially in so far as these relate to the adult education and training sectors. Finally, in the concluding section, a summary of recent challenges and opportunities is presented.


THE EVOLVING KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY

Globalization provides a backdrop for analysing the changes in educational policy that can be observed in OECD countries and elsewhere. Globalization is not a new or even a recent process, but the speed and scope of integration are new. It now refers not only to the crossborder movement of investment capital and goods, but increasingly also of services, consumer markets and people, and the ideas and knowledge they represent. Developments are spurred by four main factors: the ageing

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