Beyond the learning society: globalisation and the moral imperative for refl ective social change
In the 1970s and early 1980s there was a clear sense in which we were moving towards lifelong education and a learning society and away from traditional adult education. Books on the learning society, such as Hutchins (1968) and Husen (1974), were flagging up the change and so the International Journal was founded with the expectation that we would soon be encountering lifelong education on an international scale. But social change seems to occur in epochs and now we are moving towards the end of a brief era, in my opinion, and reaching beyond the learning society. Hence we need to ask in what ways, if any, are we able to predict this ‘beyond’.