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Introduction: A framework for exploring relations between lifelong learning and work in the computer era


Appeals for lifelong learning are a common response to the apparently increasing demands of work in advanced market societies. Growing information content of jobs, proliferation of information technologies based on micro-electronics and small computers, and widening global competition to produce more informationladen goods and services more efficiently are presumed to require greater learning efforts from both the current labour force and prospective workers. This book questions this widespread presumption and offers extensive empirical assessments of relations between work and learning. The basic question is: ‘What are the actual learning responses of adults to the demands of work in contemporary advanced market societies?’