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Lifelong Learning in a Market Economy: Education, Training and the Citizen-Consumer

Lifelong Learning in a Market Economy: Education, Training and the Citizen-Consumer Australian public policy adopted the concept of lifelong learning in the 1980s and harnessed it to human capital theory to articulate a new policy emphasis on ‘up-skilling’ the Australian labour force. This paper addresses the question of how this conception of lifelong learning has fared in practice as Australian Commonwealth government policies, including those related to education and training, have shifted to embrace strong market orientations and priorities. Have the policy objectives of a more highly trained labour force been met or has the concept of lifelong learning become increasingly uncoupled from links with the nation-building exercise of preparing Australia for the ‘information age’? http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian Journal of Education SAGE

Lifelong Learning in a Market Economy: Education, Training and the Citizen-Consumer

Australian Journal of Education , Volume 50 (2): 18 – Aug 1, 2006

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 2006 Australian Council for Educational Research
ISSN
0004-9441
eISSN
2050-5884
DOI
10.1177/000494410605000206
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Abstract

Australian public policy adopted the concept of lifelong learning in the 1980s and harnessed it to human capital theory to articulate a new policy emphasis on ‘up-skilling’ the Australian labour force. This paper addresses the question of how this conception of lifelong learning has fared in practice as Australian Commonwealth government policies, including those related to education and training, have shifted to embrace strong market orientations and priorities. Have the policy objectives of a more highly trained labour force been met or has the concept of lifelong learning become increasingly uncoupled from links with the nation-building exercise of preparing Australia for the ‘information age’?

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Australian Journal of EducationSAGE

Published: Aug 1, 2006

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