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Lifelong learning: practice and possibility in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry

Gail E. FitzSimons (Gail E. FitzSimons is a Research Fellow at Monash University, Australia, and Swinburne University of Technology, Swinburne, Australia.)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 1 April 2000



Seeks to address issues associated with lifelong learning from the perspective of teaching and curriculum practice in the areas of mathematics and technology in an Australian pharmaceutical manufacturing enterprise. Its aim is to reflect on research‐based innovative course delivery in the field specified to indicate possibilities in education for lifelong learning. Following discussion of lifelong learning, issues important to the industry will be outlined. A brief description is given of some nationally accredited curricular modules for operators in this industry. In particular, the mathematics modules were perceived by operators as discouraging and even threatening. However, it was, and is, possible to work around atomised modules such as these to operate more holistically to integrate workers’ breadth and depth of prior experience across a broadened view of curriculum in a manner that enhances rather than hinders lifelong learning.



FitzSimons, G.E. (2000), "Lifelong learning: practice and possibility in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry", Education + Training, Vol. 42 No. 3, pp. 170-182.




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