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New Society Models for a New Millennium

The Learning Society in Europe and Beyond

Michael Kuhn

As the twenty-first century begins, the world approaches a Learning- or Knowledge-based Society, thus creating a new «era» of humankind. The Learning Society does not merely herald a new «era» or «epoch,» it signals a «transformation» in a global dimension. However, never before in history have so many wars and so much violence inundated the world. However? The world approaching a new era of humankind governed by knowledge and ruled by wisdom, and at the same time drowning in wars and violence and celebrating a renaissance of religions – do these go together? They do.
Contents: Michael Kuhn: New Society Models for a New Millennium - Sketching the Global Discourses about a World Vision – Michael Kuhn: Inside Global Learning Societies – the «War of Ideas» of the Good World in the Global Battle of Cultures – John Field: Lifelong Learning and the Learning Society: The Evolution of Concepts and Research in the UK – Philippe Méhaut: Knowledge Economy, Learning Society and Lifelong Learning - A Review of the French Literature – Doris Weidemann: ‘Learning Society’ and ‘Knowledge Society’ - Concepts and Controversies in German Discourses – Paolo Landri/Domenico Maddaloni: A ‘Blurred’ Object: The Italian Discourses on the Concept of the Learning Society – Esther Oliver/Iolanda Tortajada: Education for Inclusion in the Information Society – Jari Kolehmainen: Perspectives on the Finnish Learning Society – John Field: Lifelong Learning and the Learning Society: Trends and Prospects in Europe – Ewa Slezak: The «Learning Society» in Poland – Jaroslav Kalous: Conceptualisation of the Learning Society in the Czech and Slovak Republics – Anna Muraveva: Towards a Learning Society: The Russian Experience – Daniel Schugurensky: The Learning Society in Canada and the US – André Élias Mazawi: Globalization, Development, and Policies of Knowledge and Learning in the Arab States – Catherine Casey: Towards a Learning Society: The New Zealand Experience – Beverley Axford/Terri Seddon: The Idea of a Learning Society: An Australian Perspective – Namchul Lee: The Lifelong Learning Society in Korea – Yukiko Sawano: The Learning Society in Japan – Meng HongWei: The Learning Society in China –Kai-ming Cheng: Learning Society: The East-Asian Perspective – Madhu Singh: Official Discourse and Challenges of Building a Learning Society in India – Shirley Walters: Knowledge and the Learning Society in South African Debates – Roseli Rodrigues de Mello/Paulo Eduardo Gomes Bento: Brazil: The Scientific Discourse about the Information Society – Donatilla Ferrada: Conceptualisation of the «Learning Society» in South America: Official, Scientific and Civil Organization Discourses.