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Lifelong education
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Lifelong education

Lifelong education is a form of pedagogy often accomplished through distance learning or e-learning, home schooling or correspondence courses. It also includes postgraduate programs for those who want to improve their qualification, bring their skills up to date or retrain for a new line of work. Internal corporate training has similar goals.

Sometimes it aims to provide educational opportunities outside standard educational systems — which can be cost-prohibitive, if available at all.

The reason why lifelong education became important is the acceleration of scientific and technological progress. Despite the increased duration of primary, secondary and university education (14-18 years depending on the country), the knowledge and skills acquired there are usually not sufficient for 3-4 decades long professional career.

See also

Adult education
Experiential education
Learning

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