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Education Policy Analysis 2004

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The 2004 edition of Education Policy Analysis contains state-of-the-art reviews of policy issues and international developments in the role of non-university institutions in widening access to tertiary education and in making it more diverse and relevant; how countries can gain educational returns from their investments in educational ICT; the challenges that lifelong learning poses for schools; and how tax policies can help to foster lifelong learning. The 2004 edition also includes a summary of recent major education policy changes across a wide range of fields in OECD countries.

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How Well Do Schools Contribute to Lifelong Learning?

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Lifelong learning means not just prolonging learning throughout life, but also ensuring that schooling prepares young people well for a life of learning. While most are now receiving the solid foundation of an upper secondary education, many have not acquired sufficient competences when they leave school. Education systems need to pay greater attention to improving broad cognitive and motivational outcomes of schooling. In doing so, schools will have to transform, ensuring that their staff are themselves lifelong learners, and that they become innovative as organisations to create more effective learning cultures centred around the perspective of the student. At the same time, education systems need to start asking themselves whether constant expansion focusing on the prolongation of initial education is the best route to lifelong learning, or whether it is making learning too “front-loaded” over the life course.

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