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EEN706 - Lifelong Learning

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Student must be enrolled in course E500, E592, E700 or E792.

Unit chair:

Jennifer Angwin





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


Topics to be addressed in this unit include:

  • Lifelong learning policies in local, national and global contexts
  • From UNESCO to a classroom near you - implications of policy for practice
  • Shifting discourses of responsibility and individual agency in lifelong learning
  • Discourses of 'risk' in post-compulsory education and training
  • National and international approaches to lifelong learning
  • Lifelong learning and new vocationalism - learning for what?


Assignment 1 50% (3000 words) Essay which involves a critical analysis of three dimensions of lifelong learning policies.

Assignment 2 50% (3000 words) Essay which involves a critical analysis of lifelong learning in practice in relation to the theoretical perspectives and in a particular context.

Recommended texts

Bagnall, R.G., (2004) Cautionary tales in the Ethics of Lifelong Learning Policy and Management: A Book of Fables, Kluwer Academic Publishers Dordrecht/Boston/London.

Field, J. (2005) Social Capital and Lifelong Learning, The University Press, University of Bristol.

Field John 2006, lifelong learning and the new educational order, Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham (2nd rev.ed)

Harrison, R. [et al.], 2002, Supporting Lifelong Learning Vol. 1: Perspective on Learning, Vol. 1 2, London ; New York : Routledge Falmer.

Jarvis, P. (2004) Adult Education and Lifelong Learning:  Theory and Practice, London, Routledge

Jarvis, P. 2007,  Globalisation, lifelong learning and the learning society: sociological perspectives Lifelong learning and the learning society; v.2, Abingdon, Oxon; N.Y. Routledge

Karmel, T., & Woods, D., (2004) Lifelong Learning and Older Workers, NCVER, Adelaide.

OECD (2004) OECD Policy Brief on Lifelong Learning, February 2004

Watson, L., (2003) Lifelong Learning in Australia, Australian Government, Department of Education, Science and Training.

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