The importance of history, culture and context


FORUM: The future of work and education

TOPICS: Papadopoulus, culture, history

Papadopoulos, T. (2002). Lifelong Learning and the Changing Policy Environment. In D. S. Istance, H. G. Schuetze, & T. Schuller (Eds.), International perspectives on lifelong learning: From Recurrent Education to the Knowledge Society (pp. 76-88). Buckingham, UK: Open University Press

The importance of history, culture and context (link to Itslearning)

In this article, Papadopoulos recognizes the difficulty in comparing international scenarios (p. 44). I would like to add that policies of work and learning should be informed by the relevant specific historical, cultural, and language contexts.

I am thinking for example of my home region, and how such factors still remain of paramount importance in all local policy making issues. I believe that that is the case with most countries and regions.

Globalized approaches need not discount the value and specificity of local experiences in both education and workplace learning. The challenge – I believe – is to be mindful of such experience while engaging in a transformative process that would eventually lead to a new paradigm for work and learning. I do not personally believe that there will be a one-fits-all universal approach, but instead I hope we will implement a system of networked dynamic coordination among different parts of the world. It seems to me that E.U. policies proceed in this direction.

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