Contemporary Theories of Learning: Learning Theorists ... In Their Own Words

Contemporary Theories of Learning: Learning Theorists ... In Their Own Words

by Knud Illeris (Editor)


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This tenth anniversary edition of Knud Illeris's classic 2008 text is an updated and definitive collection of today's most influential learning theorists, now containing additional chapters from John Hattie and Gregory Donoghue, Sharan Merriam, Gert Biesta and Carolyn Jackson. This book brings together world-renowned experts, who each present their understanding of what learning is and how human learning takes place, addressing the social, psychological and emotional contexts of learning.

In this clear and coherent overview, Professor Knud Illeris has collated chapters that explain both the complex frameworks in which learning takes place and the specific facets of learning. Each international expert provides either a seminal text or an entirely new précis of the conceptual framework they have developed over a lifetime of study, such as adult learning theory, learning strategies, and the cultural and social nature of learning processes.

Elucidating the key concepts of learning, Contemporary Theories of Learning provides both the perfect desk reference and an ideal introduction for students; it is an invaluable resource for all researchers and academics involved in the study of learning, and provides a detailed synthesis of current learning theories... all in the words of the theorists themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138550483
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/23/2018
Edition description: New
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Knud Illeris is Professor Emeritus of Lifelong Learning at Aarhus University, Denmark, and founder of Simonsen & Illeris Educational Consultancy. He is internationally acknowledged as an innovative contributor to learning theory and adult education. He has been an honorary professor at Colombia University in New York and is a member of The International Adult Education Hall of Fame. He is the author of numerous books, including Understanding Learning and Motivation in Youth (2018); How We Learn, 2nd edition (2017); Learning, Development and Education (2016); Transformative Learning and Identity (2014); and The Fundamentals of Workplace Learning (2011).

Table of Contents

List of figures vii

Introduction 1

1 A comprehensive understanding of human learning Knud Illeris 7

2 Learning to be a person in society: learning to be me Peter Jarvis 21

3 What “form” transforms? A constructive-developmental approach to transformative learning Robert Kegan 35

4 Expansive learning: toward an activity-theoretical reconceptualization Yrjó Engestróm 53

5 Pragmatism: a learning theory for the future Bente Elkjaer 74

6 An overview on transformative learning Jack Mezirow 90

7 Multiple approaches to understanding Howard Gardner 106

8 Biographical learning–within the new lifelong learning discourse Peter Alheit 116

9 Life cycles and learning cycles John Heron 129

10 Lifelong learning as a technology of the self Mark Tennant 147

11 Culture, mind, and education Jerome Bruner 159

12 Experience, pedagogy, and social practices Robin Usher 169

13 'Normal learning problems' in youth: in the context of underlying cultural convictions Thomas Ziehe 184

14 The practice of learning Jean Lave 200

15 A social theory of learning Etienne Wenger 209

16 Transitional learning and reflexive facilitation: the case of learning for work Danny Wildemeersch Veerle Stroobants 219

Index 233

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