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Routledge International Companion to Education by Bob Moon, Sally Brown, Miriam Ben-Peretz

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LEARNING

Charles Desforges

 

 

 

 

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LEARNING

It is broadly agreed that societies are undergoing a period of rapid and dramatic change. It has been well said that economic and political dynamics are altering the structures of personal and social experience and placing new demands on the capacities persons need to flourish in society. The changes are of such a scale and pace as to carry both great threat and vaunting promise. There is the threat to stability and to the established order of things. At the same time there is the promise of undreamt of qualities of life. This has placed education at the centre of public policy with the core task of helping people transform how they think of themselves. The term ‘learning society’ ...

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