Later life learning in China: Policies and practices

Xue WU

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China’s ageing population is growing at an unprecedented rate. During the past three decades, the government has implemented policies and innovative engagement for older adults in the area of later life learning and community participation. The chapter briefly summarizes the development of the concept of lifelong learning and later life learning in Chinese history and its components. It focuses on in-depth review of the relevant laws, policies and national plans adopted by the central government, which have been the fundamental guidelines for the practices of later life learning in China. Meanwhile, the chapter analyses primary problems in the development of elder education and provides recommendations at macroscopic level. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation for the elderly in the Asia pacific
Place of PublicationSingapore
ISBN (Electronic)9789811633263
ISBN (Print)9789811633256
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021


Wu, X. (2021). Later life learning in China: Policies and practices. In P. Narot & N. Kiettikunwong (Eds.), Education for the elderly in the Asia pacific (pp. 163-185). Singapore: Springer.


  • Later life learning
  • Ageing policy
  • University of the Aged
  • PG student publication


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