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Sustainability 2010, 2(11), 3465-3478; doi:10.3390/su2113465
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Deschooling Society? A Lifelong Learning Network for Sustainable Communities, Urban Regeneration and Environmental Technologies

Lifelong Learning Centre, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK
Received: 25 October 2010 / Revised: 7 November 2010 / Accepted: 10 November 2010 / Published: 12 November 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Education)
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Abstract

The complexity and multifaceted nature of sustainable lifelong learning can be effectively addressed by a broad network of providers working co-operatively and collaboratively. Such a network involving the third, public and private sector bodies must realise the full potential of accredited flexible and blended formal learning, contextual opportunities offered by enablers of informal and non formal learning and the affordances derived from the various loose and open spaces that can make social learning effective. Such a conception informs the new Lifelong Learning Network Consortium on Sustainable Communities, Urban Regeneration and Environmental Technologies established and led by the Lifelong Learning Centre at Aston University. This paper offers a radical, reflective and political evaluation of its first year in development arguing that networked learning of this type could prefigure a new model for lifelong learning and sustainable education that renders the city itself a creative medium for transformative learning and sustainability.
Keywords: lifelong learning; sustainability; political; network lifelong learning; sustainability; political; network
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Blewitt, J. Deschooling Society? A Lifelong Learning Network for Sustainable Communities, Urban Regeneration and Environmental Technologies. Sustainability 2010, 2, 3465-3478.

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