Recent political events in the United Kingdom have elevated educational issues to levels of greater prominence than ever before. As the political parties strive to carve out educational blue prints which will provide for today's diverse learning needs, mention and discussion of the learning society has become particularly voguish. But what exactly is the learning society? And how can it be applied to current educational practice? This book traces the history of the concept and discusses the different interpretive models which have been attached to the learning society idea. The book provides in-depth scrutiny of the current debate, including contributed chapters from those public bodies engaged in it, sharpening our understanding of the learning society at a time of some urgency.
Table of Contents
Lineages of the learning society; the skills revolution for a learning nation - Confederation of British Industry; learning pays; rhetoric and reality - learning and information theory; the learning society; learning in the new millennium; towards the learning society; the political community as a learning community; moving towards the learning society - the European Commission; Opening doors to a learning society - the Labour Party; framework for a learning society - the Conservative Party; Scotland as a learning society - Scotland Community Education Council; the myth of the learning society; post-compulsory education for a learning society; the limitations of the new social democratic agendas; only Charybdis - the learning society through idealism; a reply to the critics; the learning democracy.