ISSN: 17526299
First published in 2008
3 issues per volume
Volume 5 Issue 3
Cover Date: December 2012
Learners or participants? The pros and cons of ‘lifelong learning’
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Authors:  Roger Mantie 
DOI: 10.1386/ijcm.5.3.217_1

Keywords
lifelong learning,adult education,music learning,community music,participation,government policy,discourse analysis

Abstract
Whereas adult education used to be the preferred concept for those studying adult music-making, there is now an increasing trend away from this and towards lifelong learning. Uncritically adopting government lifelong learning discourses, however, blurs the line between educational ideals and political ones. Although there may be merit in the claims for the benefits of learning throughout the lifespan, I suggest that the meaning and values of practice in community music activities far exceed that of learning for learning's sake. I argue in this article that there are compelling reasons for reconsidering the use of the term 'lifelong learning' for community music activities.
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