ERIC Number: ED440278
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
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Learning Career: Conceptualising Transformations in Young People and Their Learning.
Bloomer, Martin; Hodkinson, Phil
A 4-year longitudinal study of English 15-19 year-olds' learning experiences was used as the basis for the development of a theoretical model describing and analyzing young people and their learning in a modern world. Although much contemporary policy assumes that learning is regulated by teaching and standards monitoring, that learning progression can be predicted and controlled, and that learners' choices are, or should be, made on a largely informed rational basis, the study demonstrates that the life courses and learning of young people do not always fit these assumptions. Instability, pragmatic rationality, and unpredictability are commonplace, not exceptional, while learning is intricately bound up with a wide range of life experiences. Selected research findings show how experiences located outside educational institutions are linked to learning. An explanatory model can be made that builds description and analysis from the experiences of learners themselves. The model embraces the concept of learning career as a means of harnessing problems of structure, agency, and life course to the study of learning. (Contains 37 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)