Project #79416 - master education

Lifelong Learning and Work

Written Essay Assignment

The Purpose(s) of Lifelong Learning

  • Due Date: 26 Sep 15

  • Learning Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 4
  • Weight: 50% (marked out of 100)
  • Criteria & Marking:

The assignment will be assessed against the following criteria-

    • The comprehensiveness of the accounts of lifelong learning and strength of your analysis of its purposes and conceptions.
    • The breadth of considerations of vocations and working life and strength of analysis of relationship between vocations and working lives.
    • The strength of your case about the worth of lifelong learning and the comprehensiveness of support for your position.
    • The quality of the written work, that is, the structure and presentation of the paper, the clarity of expression and the use of supportive research and literature 


Topic Description:

The Context

The concept of lifelong learning remains central to adult, vocational and continuing education. For example, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) was developed in the 1970's as a provision of education not only for the initial preparation of skills for the Australian workforce, but for learning throughout life. Similarly, lifelong learning has long been associated with individuals' personal development or continuing education to advance or change careers. That is, it had a strong focus on personal and personally-directed development. However, in recent years, the concept of lifelong learning has come to be viewed as a form of education for maintaining individuals' occupational currency throughout their work lives in order to achieve important economic goals of sustaining national competitiveness and standards of living. For some commentators this view represents a narrowing of the purposes and valuing of lifelong learning. For others, this represents a focus on individuals' vocation and its ongoing development throughout their working life.

The Task (3000 – 3500 words)

Argue a case for what you believe should be the purposes of lifelong learning, and particularly how it relates to vocational education and training. Where appropriate, draw on your own personal and professional experience to support and illustrate your claims.

Your assignment should include:

1. A critical discussion of different conceptions of lifelong learning.

2. A critical discussion of the concept of vocation and its relationship to working lives

3. A critical discussion of the need for vocational learning and training across working lives

4. A critical discussion of the relationship between governments’ and organisations’ need for a skilled and adaptable workforce and individuals’ desires to fulfil their vocational goals, and

5. An argued conclusion about the purposes of lifelong learning

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Due By (Pacific Time) 08/26/2015 12:00 am
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