________________ CM . . . . Volume IV Number 15 . . . . March 27, 1998

cover Lifelong Learning Skills: How to Teach Today's Children For Tomorrow's Challenges.

Jo-Anne Lake.
Markham, ON: Pembroke, 1997.
96 pp., paper, $12.99.
ISBN 1-55138-089-7.

Subject Headings:
Education, Elementary.

Review by Shannon Nesdoly.

*** /4

Lifelong Learning Skills aims to spark and fan the flames of teachers to foster lifelong learning. This slim volume explores how, in their classrooms, teachers can promote essential transferable skills and the personal traits that underpin them. In addition to outlining principles which, at work, foster a lifelong learning culture, the book also strives to show how interrelated the dynamic components of an individual's "Portrait of Lifelong Learning" are.

      Lifelong Learning Skills identifies ten principles which author Jo-Anne Lake considers "fundamental to understanding the lifelong learning concept." The idea that "change is constant" heads the top of the list, followed by "learning is for everyone" and "learning is active, relevant, and continuous." Although the list seems fairly general, Lake explores the specifics of each principle, examining its relevance, development and finally its influence. Personal skills, such as initiative, responsibility, and risk taking are also explored.

      Lake recommends several projects to encourage the principles and skills and frequently draws on her knowledge of children's literature. A variety of titles are suggested under each heading, and charts quickly summarize the recommendations. A table of contents and an index are also provided, although the charts are not listed specifically. While computer software is also suggested, as are several board games and puzzles, these materials do not receive as much attention as the books.

      Jo-Anne Lake is a vice-principal with a Master of Science in Education and over 25 years experience as an educator. In addition to being the author of Imagine: A Literature-based Approach to Science, Lake is a consultant and workshop leader. Many of the projects, such as teaching writing while promoting science, reflect Lake's experience. In one example, students select a science instrument (such as a magnifying glass) from a mystery box and write an adventure story around the object. To promote listening skills, Lake suggests having the students take a walk and record the number of times they hear certain sounds. Math and computing skills can then be developed through the creation of bar graphs.

      Lifelong Learning Skills offers a refreshing and well rounded approach to education that should last a lifetime.


Shannon Nesdoly is a parent and student in the B.Ed. program at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba.

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