Fostering social development and economic prosperity through lifelong learning: first steps in one Australian community

Cuthill, Michael and Jansen, Danni (2012) Fostering social development and economic prosperity through lifelong learning: first steps in one Australian community. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 4 (1). pp. 63-75. ISSN 1946-3138


Two equally important and interrelated perspectives – social development and economic prosperity – drive an almost global endorsement of lifelong learning. However, this topic does not appear to be a focus of serious policy attention in Australia. Despite this lack of attention, some Australian communities have responded to the potential offered through lifelong learning, unilaterally developing their own locally based
responses. This article reports on the first steps taken, to build a community culture which values and supports lifelong learning, in one Australian city. Preliminary work, instigated by a multi-sectoral working group, focused on a learning communities literature review, profile and audit. These provided a basis for a lifelong learning gap analysis. The main discussion focuses on results from the gap analysis, including
identified key actions, and the need for better understanding and articulation of the contribution of community-based learning to social development and economic prosperity in Ipswich.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published Version due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2013 05:53
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2017 02:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning community; lifelong learning; social development; economic prosperity; Ipswich
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/19463138.2012.667413

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