Unit 402

Delivering Lifelong Learning
Lifelong learning refers to the learning which an individual undertakes throughout his or her life with a view to continuously building and developing knowledge. Lifelong learning requires flexibility from both the learner and the tutor. It requires from the teacher, the acceptation of the learner and thus his or her inclusion; it is about communicating with learners and evaluating delivery practices. The following sections will allow me to elaborate further on how lifelong learning is delivered.
1. Inclusive learning and teaching approaches in accordance with internal processes and external requirements
1.1 Create a purposeful, inclusive learning and teaching environment
Defining an inclusive learning and teaching environment: It is an environment in which participants feel able to actively engage, feel safe and welcome; such an environment acknowledges and celebrates differences. A learning environment is a place where knowledge is generated and gathered, as such, it should be free of any type of stigma. It should be open to diversity; an environment where everyone’s setting is respected, where discrimination has no grounds and where only education for all is preserved. The prime responsibility for a teacher is that assure that such environment is preserved all the time. It is important that opportunities should be provided to all members of the group to engage in the learning process; to encourage all learners (weak and lazy, shy and stubborn) to make positive contribution – such requires for example to split the class into smaller groups by mixing them so that they can learn to work together despite their differences. It is important to challenge those learners’ views or behaviours which show a lack of respect towards others; to provide equal opportunities for all learners, while avoiding the use of cultural stereotypes and gendered or ethical biased language or visual images.

1.2 Demonstrate an inclusive approach to teaching...