International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 1949-4270   |  e-ISSN: 1949-4289

Original article | Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 2009, Vol. 4(1) 5-18

Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Community Development in a Japanese Case

Hideki Maruyama

pp. 5 - 18   |  Manu. Number: epasr.2009.001

Published online: January 01, 2009  |   Number of Views: 98  |  Number of Download: 516


Abstract

The scope of lifelong learning in Japan covers school education and informal learning. Japan faces large social changes: severe child population decline could ease competition for entrance examination but students are pushed to win in the society; cyber communication changes the human relationships more invisible and atomized; the gap between urban and remote areas is widened; and local industry can hardly find its successors and local schools need to attract students because young people move away to city. This article overlooks what the Japanese society has missed today and identifies it is the social aspects of outcomes by lifelong learning. Recent trends and the framework of lifelong learning in Japan are introduced, and the concept of social capital is used for discussion. The case study shows benefits of learning opportunities, technology, and collaboration in a Japanese local city to build a sustainable society.

Keywords: Lifelong learning, Social capital, Technology


How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Maruyama, H. (2009). Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Community Development in a Japanese Case. Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, 4(1), 5-18.

Harvard
Maruyama, H. (2009). Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Community Development in a Japanese Case. Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, 4(1), pp. 5-18.

Chicago 16th edition
Maruyama, Hideki (2009). "Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Community Development in a Japanese Case". Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 4 (1):5-18.