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Prof. Richard Edwards

 University of Stirling
 FK9 4LA



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     Thematic Seminar Series

Contexts, Communities and Networks: Mobilising Learners' Resources and Relationships in Different Domains

Prof. Richard Edwards (University of Stirling)
Prof. Jim Gallacher (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Prof. Mary Thorpe (Open University)
Dr. Roz Ivanic (Lancaster University)
Prof. Terry Mayes (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Prof. Gert Biesta (University of Exeter)

Seminar Summary

From a number of sources there has developed increasing interest in learning as a lifelong and lifewide process. This has expanded the domains in wh ich learning is now a concern for practitioners and the range of people who might be considered to have an educational role. It has also raised questions about the relationships between learning in these different domains and how to mobilise the full resources of learners within specific sites. This situation poses questions on how to conceptualise a learning context. Once we look beyond the context of conventional sites for learning, allowing 'context' to be extended into the dimension of relationships between individual learners and variously defined others, then the limitations of conventional pedagogy come into sharp focus. In a range of domains, concepts of communities, networks and activity systems have come to the fore to help frame out understanding of pedagogy. How such framings constitute a learning context and their implications for learning and teaching across the lifecourse will represent a major theme across the seminars. This seminar series then, aims to develop methodologically and theoretically the understanding of the relationships between learning and context. Its objectives are to draw in participants from the research, practice and policy domains from across sectors and disciplines to:

  • explore the practices by which we attempt to mobilise the full resources of learners
  • examine the relationships between cultures of learning across domains
  • explore the implications for context of learning relationships and careers
  • explore reflexively an ESRC Seminar Series as a context for learning itself.

We plan to synthesis existing evidence from across the Programme and elsewhere, thereby contributing primarily to thematic development in the area of Analysing Contexts for Learning but also to the themes on Domain-specific Learning and Teaching and The Contemporary Development of Pedagogy .



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