Learning-to-learn Skills for Lifelong Learning: Some Implications for Curriculum Development and Teacher Education

Year: 2000


Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Lifelong learning has become the catch-cry of the new millenium and is a major issue on account of continuing technological and social change and the need for maintenance of skill and knowledge currency. Numerous articles have emerged which involve socio-political analyses of the reasons for and different approaches to lifelong learning. Largely missing are articles which consider the acquisition of learning-to-learn skills which are essential for more efficient learning to keep abreast of the volumes of new information which are likely to be encountered in an information age and knowledge society. This paper examines the reasons why learning-to-learn strategies and skills are pivotal in effective lifelong learning. It considers the possibilities of effective acquisition of learning-to-learn skills in the workplace in the light of emerging research which indicate that the workplace may be a far from ideal place for the acquisition for certain types of knowledge/skills. The conclusion drawn is that, for reasons of access and equity, schools will need to be sites for the teaching of effective learning skills in the important early stages. The implications of this in terms of curriculum development and teacher education, both pre- and in-service, are explored in this paper.