Lifelong Learning in the United States and Japan

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ed Rosenberg Ph.D., Professor & Director of Graduate Studies (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Assuming learning to be a lifelong process, it is important to provide older adults with the opportunities to pursue educational activities. The growing number of older adults in America and globally has led to an increased demand for educational programs in many nations. As a concept, lifelong learning emphasizes the potential to provide useful learning opportunities for older adults. Lifelong learning has become an international issue; many countries have developed lifelong learning policies. The United States and Japan represent two nations that have taken very different approaches in implementing lifelong learning for older adults. This paper examines the programs available to older adults in the United States and Japan. It is suggested that variations in lifelong learning policy and programs are explained by cultural and social structural differences between the United States and Japan. Recommendations for expanding and improving existing programs are also considered.

Additional Information

Young, K., & Rosenberg, E. (2006). Lifelong learning in the United States and Japan. The LLI [Lifelong Learning Institute] Review, 1(1): 69-85. (Fall 2006) Published by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Southern Maine (ISSN: 1932-7625). Available at:
Language: English
Date: 2006

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