15 presentations were delivered by the researchers from Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Korea, Thailand, UK and USA in three sessions of the workshop which stimulated the discussion on the nature, operation and conceptualisation of human competences in a learning society. Core competences required for individual learners were analysed in the context of Asian and European learning societies with diverse approaches and perspectives. Furthermore, having addressed emerging issues and challenges to competence development, the scholars proposed alternative ways in which school learning systems and adult education systems could be organized and restructured in the future learning society.
The three sessions covered three themes:
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This workshop is a part of ICER 2009 (International Conference on Educational Research) titled 'Global and Comparative Perspectives in Academic Competence, Evaluation, and Quality Assurance' 29-30 October 2009 at Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
We have observed fundamental changes in the condition of human life during the last couple of decades, which influence the way individuals, organizations, and the nation-states enhance their sustainability. These changes have been initiated and accelerated by the deconstruction of traditional boundaries through globalization, the development of communication and transportation, and the hybridization in many areas of human life.
Challenged by these postmodern/postindustrial/postcolonial changes, we need to think beyond the learning of the individual, which occupies most of our concern about education, and into the learning in context of the systems which characterize our society. "Learning society" is defined as one in which learning is an essential component of a successful life and which provides systematic opportunities for individual and organizational learning. From the perspective of "learning society", learning is located not just in the quality of individuals but also as an element of systems.
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