TALK - A training program to encourage lifelong learning in school

Barbara Schober, Monika Finsterwald, Petra Wagner, Marko Lüftenegger, Michael Aysner, Christiane Spiel

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Lifelong learning (LLL) is a topic of high political relevance. Within the context of continuous social development toward an "information society," individuals find themselves facing a number of challenges that they will not be able to surmount successfully if they are not willing to commit to learning over the entire course of their lifetimes. The persistent motivation to learn, as well as the correspondent learning skills, appears to be essential if one is to survive in a modern society. Schools, as a collective institution, have the task of laying the cornerstones of these skills. The present article introduces the training program TALK, which aims to provide teachers with the competencies to systematically implement the enhancement of LLL into their regular educational responsibilities. From the perspective of educational psychology, motivation, self-regulation, social skills, and cognitive abilities are developed as core aspects for LLL in a scholastic context. Building on these, the goals and structure of the TALK program are described, and a summative and formative evaluation design is depicted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-193
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Lifelong learning
  • Self-regulated learning
  • Self-regulation
  • Teacher training


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