Arising from work by the Gender and Lifelong Learning Group of the Gender and Education Association, this book presents reconceptualisations of lifelong learning. It argues that the current field of lifelong learning is based on certain hidden values and assumptions and examines the mechanisms by which exclusionary discourses and practices are reproduced and maintained.

The book opens up ways of conceptualising learning that takes into account multiple and shifting formations of learners from different social contexts. The authors broaden what counts as learning and who counts as a learner, offering different understandings of lifelong learning that are able to include currently marginalised values and principles.

Organised in four sections the book looks at:

  • reclaiming - it draws on feminist and post-structural conceptual frameworks to create a critical analysis of the current 'field' of lifelong learning
  • retelling - it tells the tales of different multi-positions in lifelong learning
  • revisioning - it moves from narrative to analysis and the authors present their revisioning of learning which provide the tools to reconceptualise the field of lifelong learning
  • reconstructing - it furthers the discussion to outline new approaches to and practices in lifelong learning.

chapter |6 pages


part |2 pages

Section I Reclaiming lifelong learning

chapter 1|15 pages

Reclaiming conceptual frameworks

chapter 2|12 pages

Reclaiming knowledge

chapter 3|17 pages

Reclaiming learning

part |2 pages

Section II Retelling learning

chapter 4|15 pages

Retelling the stories of policy-makers

chapter 6|12 pages

Retelling the stories of teachers

chapter 7|11 pages

Retelling the stories of learners

part |2 pages

Section III Revisioning

chapter 8|15 pages

Revisioning identities and subjectivities

chapter 9|14 pages

Revisioning emotions

chapter 10|15 pages

Resistances in lifelong learning

part |2 pages

Section IV Reconceptualising practice

chapter 11|9 pages

Pedagogies for lifelong learning

chapter 12|11 pages

Considering curricula

chapter 13|11 pages

Assessment practices

chapter 14|13 pages

Quality assurance and lifelong learning

chapter 15|15 pages

Reconceptualising lifelong learning?