Learning Outside the Academy: International Research Perspectives on Lifelong Learning

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This book weaves together different strands of research in the area of lifelong learning that concentrates particularly on learning in alternative settings and ways, such experiential learning and informal and community learning. Drawing upon international research, the book examines how these strands of research can contribute to each other.

The contributions to this book are based on material presented at a conference at the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning, UK, and they focus on research into key issues of policy and practice in lifelong learning. Establishing a wider framework for debate about the meaning and significance of lifelong learning, this timely and thought-provoking book provides practitioners in the field with a relevant and current discussion on some very important ideas about non-formal education.

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"This collection will be uniquely valuable to educators and researchers whose interests lie in learning beyond curricula, specifically, professionals who work in or study experiential, informal, community-based, and work-based learning."—Lorraine Carter, Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education (Fall 2008), Vol. 34, No. 2: 136-138
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415365857
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : tangled up in learning 1
1 Informal learning : the challenge for research 11
2 Theorizing pedagogy within social action contexts : a case study of a South African trade union 24
3 Inside out of experiential learning : fluid bodies, co-emergent minds 42
4 European policies on 'non-formal' learning : a genealogical review 56
5 Combining work and learning : the disturbing challenge of practice 77
6 Pedagogic learning in the pedagogic workplace 90
7 Recognition of tacit skills and knowledge in work re-entry : modelling of learning processes and outcomes 103
8 Learning in non-formal settings and the development of 'really useful' knowledge 120
9 Knowledge and learning in social movements : issues and opportunities for adult community education 133
10 Learning in action : lessons from poor women in the South 151
11 Re-reading the texts of RPL : what recontextualizing principles are coded into the selection of curriculum resources? 169
12 Learning in the new work order 183
13 Lifelong learning reaching regions : where other learning doesn't reach 202
14 Researching learning outside the academy : emerging themes 224
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