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Designing a Personal

Lifelong Learning Plan:


Its Definition and Steps

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LIFELONG LEARNING
In order to identify your perception towards lifelong learning,
complete the checklist, adapted from a questionnaire developed
by Law, Lee, ong and Cahyadi (2009)
Instruction: Place a check mark against the item that you think
reflects your perception, concept, issues and challenges about
lifelong learning. Put a cross mark if the item does not apply to
you. This is not a test, so try to be honest as you can in
completing this checklist.

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LIFELONG LEARNING
PART I
1.I think that learning is a lifelong process.
2.I feel that teachers should be given more exposure to new ways to learning.
3.I feel that i should continue learning even after i have completed my degree in
teaching or post-graduate teaching diploma.
4.I experience the simple joy of learning something new everyday.
5.I believe that teachers should continuously upgrade their teaching.
6.I feel teachers should take up computer learning courses to enhance their
computer literacy and improve their job performance.
7.I think learning means knowing new things.
8.I believe learning should not be limited by ones age.
9.I believe i am capable of acquiring new knowledge and skills to improve my
professionalism in teaching.
10.I have already acquired enough knowledge as a teacher.
11.I am no longer interested to acquire new knowledge related to teaching as i
have other priorities in life.

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Part II
12.I think teachers need to be more knowledgeable than students in this technology era.
13.I am of the opinion that teachers should continuously upgrade the standard and quality of their
teaching.
14.I feel a need to pursue a new knowledge in order to keep abreast wit the latest developments in
the teaching profession.
15.I learn with an aim to increase my general and professional knowledge.
16.I want to improve my job skills through continuous learning.
17.I am determined to learn no matter what problems i may encounter in the process.
18.I am confident that continuous learning will increase my change of a job promotion in the future.
19.I aim for a raise in salary upon completion of my post graduate degree or professional course.
20.I believe that there is not much potential for a raise in salary even through I posses extra
academic or professional qualifications.
Part III
21.I believe in learning through experience.
22.I usually read to improve myself.
23.3I learn through talking and mixing around with people.
24.I find the internet very useful for my learning.
25.I find that online discussion improves my learning.
26.I prefer studying on my own.
27.I learn a lot by listening to the radio and watching television.
28.I believe that learning means pursuing an academic degree form an institution of higher
learning.

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Part IV
29.Learning centres are far from where i live; this is one of my obstacles to learning.
30.I place great importance in moral and technical support from my superior and
colleagues in my work place to encourage me to further my studies.
31.I do not want to engage in learning because i cannot find time to do it.
32.Financial commitment deters me from pursuing my post graduate education.
33.Family commitment prevents me from furthering my studies.
34.The lack of resources where I live prevents me from continuing my studies.
35.Heavy workload hinders me from engaging in learning.
36.I think it is very stressful to start studying again after having taught for many years.

Count the number of check marks you obtained in Parts I to IV. Write your score for
each part in its corresponding space in the table below.
Part I. General Perceptions Toward Lifelong Learning
Part II- Reasons for Participation in Lifelong Learning
Part III-Patterns of Lifelong Learning
Part IV-Obstacles Faced in Lifelong Learning

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Part I. General
Perceptions Toward
Lifelong Learning

The higher the score, the more positive is your general perception
toward lifelong learning. High scores indicate that you already
realize the pressing need to carry on learning for both personal
enrichment and continuous professional development.

Part II- Reasons for


Participation in Lifelong
Learning

These are related to your teaching philosophy, intrinsic and


extrinsic motivation. You are aware of the significance of being
more knowledgeable than your students in this new and
demanding technological era.

Part III-Patterns of
Lifelong Learning

You are learning via the five patterns of lifelong learning, through
experience, from others, online, formally and informally.

Part IV-Obstacles Faced


in Lifelong Learning

You have identified obstacles in learning, so that you will be better


able to overcome them in order to engage more successfully in the
lifelong learnign program you are currently engaged in the future.

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Video

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THE BASICS OF LIFELONG LEARNING


What is it?
Lifelong learning as defined by
UNESCO as the acquisition of
knowledge for academic purposes, job
demands, as well as personal aspects of
learning throughout ones life.
This knowledge can be acquired
by blending formal education and
schooling with a medley of formal or
informal learning enterprises after the
schooling years.
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Lifelong Learners are expected to


exhibit certain personality traits
1. Love of learning for its own
sake.

2. Readiness to learn different


kinds of knowledge in different
contexts.

3. Personal efficiency and selfesteem to manage new and old


information.
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Lifelong Learners are expected to


exhibit certain personality traits
4. High level of intellectual curiosity
to
explore
new
teaching
strategies.
5. Willingness to share ideasand
work collaboratively with others.
6. Analytical, critical and creative
thinking.
7.

Intrinsic
direction.

motivation

self-

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What is a personal lifelong learning plan?


A lifelong learning plan is a written well-though of strategy to
continuously gain, absorb and build skills and knowledge and
apply these throughout the life of an individual.
It is sometimes called a learning contract. It differs from the
typical contract like a housing loan contract in two respects.
1. It exists between and binds the person who created it.
2. Yu must be willing to adhere to what you have put into this
plan and be conscious of changing situations that might
require adjustments as the plan takes effect and new
learning needs and priorities emerge.

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To develop lifelong learning plan, use the following


considerations as guidelines to help you.

1. Make a personal commitment to lifelong learning


and treat it like a lifetime journey.

2. Make this journey a fruitful one by continually


learning something new all the time.

3. Maximize your resources. Utilize your time, energy


and perhaps finances to the fullest.
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4. Maximize your learning environments.

5. Know how you learn.

6. Maximise your mental ability.

7. Anchor on the power of words to form ideas.

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8. Enhance your retention of facts and ideas.

9. Be aware of and value individual differences with


respect to communication styles and learning styles.

10.Look after your physical and mental health as they


influence your learning.

11. Chart your lifelong learning course.


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The process of creating your


personalized lifelong learning plan
involves the following steps:

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1. Identification of your existing knowledge,


skills, competencies and qualifications.
2. Identification of non-formal and informal
learning activities and opportunities
available.
3. Assessment of the suitability of said
activities to your needs and interests.

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4. Availment of suitable non-formal and informal learning


activity.

5. Self-evaluation of learning acquired.

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1.
2.
3.
4.

What kind of lifelong learning program is this plan for?


What is the time frame for the selected program?
Does this program satisfy my personal needs? Professional needs.
What will be its impact on my professional practice? Student
learning?
5. Will i have the support of the school administration?
6. What are some of the potential barriers when i undertake this
learning activity and how can i overcome this?

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An example of a lifelong learning plan by


Mrs. Jermilyn A. Loto
Lifelong Learning
Activity

Objective

Timeframe

Resources
Needed

Potential
Barriers

Possible Solutions

June 2014
onwards

Journal /
Diary
Notebook

Time to
record
everything

Bringing the art


diary with me
whenever and
wherever I go.

August 2014
onwards

Bulletin
Board

Space inside
the
classroom /
room

Making bulletin
board which is not
spacious but
accessible.

September
onwards

Master
Teachers / Co Time for
sharing
Teachers /
School Head

The Arts & Creativity


1.

MY ART JOURNAL

1. MY ART IDEA
TREASURE CHEST /
BULLETIN BOARD

1.

ART BARKADAS

1. To keep a journal or diary of


art designs collection, captured
ideas, sketches or references
that could be used in teaching
learning process.
2. To post anything such as
pictures, quotations, ads, etc.
Whatever flies on my mind or
catches my eyes. These will be
use in creating artifacts some
day.
3. To learn from best and
creative teachers about their
ideas in arts.

Asking and dealing


with them the time
and chance to have
the sharing.

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Lifelong Learning
Activity

Objective

Timefra
me

Resources
Needed

Potential
Barriers

Possible Solutions

Time for
updating

Plan for time management


when to have the updating
since teachers have bulk of
works to do.

Time for
sharing &
attitude of
teachers for
accepting the
assistance

Plan for a conference and lac


session that would benefit
them.
Or send them flyers of updates.

Cyberliteracy / Digital Literacy


NET FOR LIFE

1. To update myself on the


June
digital world using the net
onwards
resources.

DIGITAL SHARING

2. To have sharing of knowledge


and updates with my co August Co teachers
Flyers
teachers as a means of technical onwards
assistance on them.

DIGI ROOM

FINANCE PROJECTS

@BUDGET

3. To utilize technology in my
October
teaching profession. Use social

networks and blogs for class


onwards
discussion.

Computer,
Laptop,
Internet

Computer,
Laptop,
Internet

Financial Literacy
1. To utilize projects in
Pupils
classrooms that would benefit Novembe
class funds and teach pupils to
r
Financial
Capital
be financially aware for source onwards
of living at their very young age.
2. To have a careful budgeting Decembe
Budget /
of financial resources using
r
allowance
budget logs and entries.
onwards

This will take time before


materials and resources to be
used would be collected.
Time to do Planning
and
time
ahead the management is needed for
lesson to be successful implementation.
delivered Pupils dont have all the
resources, this could be done
by learning barkadas or
groups.

Financial
Capital

Solicit
resources
stakeholders.

from

Have a careful planning of


Management budgetary allocation. Prioritize
before spending.

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Lifelong Learning Activity

Objective

Timeframe

Resources
Needed

Potential
Barriers

Possible Solutions

Media
exposure

Have a closed
monitoring of the
activity to be
implemented in the
classroom to avoid
negative results and
effects.

Media Literacy
AICM Approaches in
Integrating
Classroom Media
Literacy

1. To use media resources


integrated in various skills and
lessons.

December
onwards

Media
resources/
television/
movies/ news

Emotional / Social Literacy

EMO - KADAS

1. To build a harmonious
relationship with pupils, teachers
and other person in the community
by having:
a. team building
b. activity participation

December
onwards

Pupils
Parents
Teachers
Stakeholders

Globalization & Multicultural Literacy


1. To group pupils according to their
Pupils
cultural background / learning
WE BELONG
June onwards
Parents
styles to enable them to value their
School Head
input in the group they belong.
2. To have background knowledge
Pupils
KNOWING YOU, KNOWING of the pupils taught, having a
June onwards
Parents
ME
muilticultural moment once in a
School Head
while.
CSP Continuous Study
Plan

3. To pursue my doctoral degree.

2016

Time to
Have a planning ahead
participate on
of the different
different
activities to be
activities
undertaken.

Diversity of
learners
Diversity of
learners
Financial

Have planning and


manage tasks on how
to do the groupings.
Have planning and
manage tasks on how
to do the background
check.
Plan ahead and
include budget for
education purpose.

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Lifelong Learning
Activity

Objective

Timeframe

Resources
Needed

Potential
Barriers

Possible
Solutions

Ecoliteracy
1. To acquire respect of
other life forms, feel
EFA Empathy for All
genuine concern about
Forms of Life
their well being and act on
that concern.
2. To learn about the
wondrous ways that plants,
animals and other living
things are interdependent
to inspire students to
consider the role on
INTERCONNECT
interconnectedness within
the community and see the
value in strengthening
those relationships by
thinking and acting
cooperatively.
3. To have a web based
tools to travel around the
ECO TOUR
world of seeing the world
today in its devastated
condition.

November
onwards

Pupils

Have planning
and manage
Time
tasks on how to
November
Pupils
manageme
do the web
onwards Community
nt
based activities
and related
tasks.

November
onwards

Pupils
Web
based
lessons

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What will be the impact of


designing lifelong learning
plan to you as an
educator?

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Lets try this..........


Design your personal lifelong learning plan by filling out
this table.
Lifelong
Learning
Activity

Objective

Timeframe

Resources
needed

Potential
Barriers

Possible
Solutions

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Sir Rabindranahth Tagore (1996)


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