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Lifelong learning, the 'new economy' and the implications for wisdom

West, Deborah (2008). Lifelong learning, the 'new economy' and the implications for wisdom. International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management,7(12):31-37.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 78667606xPUB21
Title Lifelong learning, the 'new economy' and the implications for wisdom
Author West, Deborah
Journal Name International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 7
Issue Number 12
ISSN 1447-9524   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 31
End Page 37
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication Melbourne
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Field of Research 1503 - Business and Management
2002 - Cultural Studies
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract In 1970, anthropologist Margaret Mead put forward a theory on the changing patterns in culture from a post-figurative stage which embodies traditional patterns of interaction and learning through to an emerging pre-figurative stage where younger people play a much greater role. Such a fundamental shift places different values on ways of knowing, learning, and what is conceived of as wisdom. The movement to this pre-figurative stage can be seen as being driven by our ‘new economy’ where the link between the use of information technology and the generation of income is fundamental. Additionally this shift is driving the need for an increase in the skill base of the population and subsequently the push for lifelong learning. This paper outlines the connections between the two dialogues on the information economy and lifelong learning. It argues that the emergence and solidification of the pre-figurative stage is in fact based on the predominance of information technology in all aspects of life but particularly in the economic sphere. As such, it explores the interplay of lifelong learning, the ‘new economy’ and the implications for our changing understandings of wisdom.
 
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