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Learning in Later Life
Learning in later life
FranzKolland and AnnaWanka

Spurred by globalization, socio-demographic changes, skill-biased technological advancements, and the emergence of a knowledge society, learning in later life is becoming increasingly important. Socio-demographic changes have resulted in a rapidly growing number of elderly with new needs and expectations. Longer life expectancy and social changes have led to the disappearance of traditional roles, like that of the (male) bread-winner and employment roles in general. However, under favourable conditions, changed roles also provide the individual with continuity and the opportunity for development, facilitating ‘freedom later in life’. Older people become agents of their own fate. They are able to develop and use their capabilities for action in the wider world (Field, 2005).

Education is no longer an asset ...

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