Moving on? Speed, flow and the liquefaction of lifelong learning

Beighton, C. (2016) Moving on? Speed, flow and the liquefaction of lifelong learning. In: Panitsides, E. and Talbot, J., eds. Lifelong Learning: Concepts, Benefits and Challenges. Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World. USA: Nova. ISBN 9781634846172

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Lifelong learning is moving on from the recession, and this paper draws on the ideas of speed-theorist Paul Virilio to consider the implications of recent developments as the area recovers from the global downturn. With a focus on change agents I examine new discourses and new expectations in the United Kingdom: no longer concerned with “learning to be” or even “learning to do”, post-austerity, globalized lifelong learning now consists of “learning to move”. To embed this ontology of speed, the language of industrial processes, flow and liquid management presents acceleration in learning as a teleological phenomenon. Recent developments in the UK show how this new order’s search to be unavoidable and unassailable risks limiting lifelong learning to a closed circuit of habitual repetition. With little time left for the creative potential of lifelong learners themselves, should lifelong learning be moving on?
Key words: Lifelong learning – Virilio – speed - mobility

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lifelong learning; Virilio; speed; mobility
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Dr Christian Beighton
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 12:25
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 12:25

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