Towards a Learning City: A Continuum (2010)

Revue « À lire en ligne », FCAF

The author describes learning cities as being distinguished by their explicit use of the concept of lifelong learning as an organizing principle and as a social and cultural goal.

He explains that cities can be placed on a continuum, at one end of which are communities that have chosen to learn how to mobilize their learning assets to achieve their aspirations in the emerging knowledge-based economy and society. At the other end of the continuum are those cities in which the response is at best reactive, sporadic, and piecemeal.

The author provides a table that compares the characteristics of the learning city to those of the conventional city in a variety of sectors, including education, the economy, and governance.

This article is part of a special issue of “À lire en ligne,” a journal published annually by the Fédération canadienne pour l’alphabétisation en français (FCAF). The author served as guest editor for the 2010 issue, which was devoted exclusively to place-based learning communities.

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