International Journal of Art & Design Education

Art and Lifelong Learning

Volume 18.1   1999



It is argued, through the example of art education, that the concept of lifelong learning implies common terms of reference for learning in all contexts in which learning takes place, especially in schools, colleges and universities. This implies a common approach to standards at all levels of formal educational provision which in itself is problematic. Ways of relating these standards to each other and to lifelong learning in the context of a research rationale for an art curriculum are put forward. In conclusion, co-ordination between the reviewers of the National Curriculum and standard establishers of the QAA could facilitate appropriate standards for lifelong learning. If lifelong learning is reduced to an isolated and self-justifying educational sector in a divided national educational system it will be of no use to anyone.