Although there is no standard definition of lifelong learning, most have taken it to be a self-initiated training that’s centered on self-awareness and is not taught in the traditional educational institutes like schools, colleges, or universities. Lifelong learning is voluntary and is not restricted to informal learning.
Lifelong learning’s purpose is to achieve personal fulfillment. Personal fulfillment is the ability to learn how to grow our goals and interests outside the formal settings of jobs and schools. Curiosity is natural to human nature, and so is learning.
Lifelong learning recognizes that most of our learning happens outside classrooms. We engage in lifelong learning every day through our curiosity, motivations, and natural interests. Examples of lifelong learning outside classrooms include a child taking swimming lessons or learning vocabularies, or an adult learning to use a smartphone or a new recipe.
Lifelong learning is voluntary, self-starting, self-taught, informal, rarely has a cost, and is motivated by personal interests.
Most employers seek lifelong learning as a key component of their employee’s development. Lifelong learning in an organization means employees constantly engage in continuous learning to improve skills to stay relevant and competitive. However, researchers warn some employers may take advantage of this and … Read More