LIFELONG LEARNING: Where are we now and where are we going?


Ako Aotearoa together with the WEA invite you to the launch of the Year of Lifelong Learning Te Tau Ako Pae Tawhiti formally opened by the visiting academic and researcher, Dr. Marion Bowl.


Dr Marion Bowl will speak about:

-  The history/background to the concept of LL and its original aims

-  What has happened to it in the years since it became ‘the word’ in educational policy for adult education

-  The situation in England/NZ – examples

-  Do we need to rescue Lifelong Learning as an idea? If so, how?


Marion Bowl is a community worker, teacher and academic with many years’ experience of developing, managing and researching adult and community education practice and policy in the U.K., West Africa and New Zealand. 

Her research specialism is in the field of post-compulsory, adult and informal education and in participatory approaches to research. She has written a number of books in this area, including ‘Adult Education in Neoliberal Times: policies, philosophies and professionalism’. She has undertaken funded research for government and non-government agencies in New Zealand and, in the UK, has been a recipient of Economic and Social Research Council funding for research into teaching and learning in higher education. 

While in New Zealand (from 2006-2009) she was manager of the Adult and Community Education Research team at the University of Canterbury and member of the Ace Aotearoa Professional Development Steering Group. She was also editor of the Journal of Adult Learning Aotearoa New Zealand.

From 2009 she was Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, UK, teaching and researching in the field of international education, lifelong learning and informal education. 

Now working part time, her focus is on doctoral supervision. She is also book reviews editor for the Educational Review, a leading international academic journal in the field of education.  

In her spare time, she teaches English to refugees and new migrants – and is herself studying for a degree in modern languages.