Lifelong Learning and Adult Education: A Literature Review

Volume 9 Issue 2
Nihan Arslan Muazzez Demirba─č Hatice Dilmen
Pages: 119-122 Download Count : 58 View Count: 63 DOI Number 10.24331/ijere.1429074 Facebook Share on Google+ Save to Zotero Save to Mendeley


Although lifelong learning is not a new concept, there are various definitions for it. One of the main aims of lifelong learning is to equip people with the necessary talents and skills to continue their self-learning after the end of formal education. Contrary to this definition, which emphasises the period after formal education, another definition emphasizes the whole life; lifelong learning as learning that includes all types of learning experiences in life. In addition, lifelong learning is much more than education. People constantly need to learn on their own to adapt to the new situation after education. Adult education, which is conducted by different educational institutions under the title of lifelong learning, includes activities to improve individuals’ abilities, skills, and knowledge in addition to their formal education. This review study examines the development and changes in the concepts of lifelong learning, adult education, and psychology


  • Psychology
  • lifelong learning
  • adult education
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