Between November 2008 and October 2010, a European network of seven organisations has joined its efforts to develop, implement and analyse innovative approaches in the field of non-formal adult education aimed at the development of the competence enabling the learners to plan, organise, implement and assess their own learning, in particular in view of self-directed learning. The project considers learning to learn as the most crucial key competence for lifelong learning and, therefore, wants to support educational staff to acquire and develop competences and methodologies needed for implementing this concept of learning. The project started out with a literature research, aiming to compile literature reviews on learning competence and how it is developed – learning to learn – in order to explore related concepts, theories and practices. During this phase, six literature reviews, investigating discourses on learning competence and learning competence development in different language domains, were produced and then summarised in a synthesis report. The reviews show that, the fuzziness of the concept notwithstanding, learning to learn is predominantly understood as a method-in-action: people have to engage in the activity itself—learning—to learn about it.
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