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ERIC Number: EJ877297
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
"Learning Communities" and the Language of Learning
Duke, Chris
Adults Learning, v16 n2 p24-25 Oct 2004
The language of the world of learning is popularised, trivialised and reduced in the meaning of some central terms and concepts. Much of the new communities and cities and social capital language of learning comes from a disinterested search for understanding, but too much is also innocent about social structures and political power, reluctant to make the leap from individual to community learning and advancement. The implications of this fast-changing discourse of learning for real change are radical. Unfortunately, the terms come and go before the implied paradigm shift is recognised, much less absorbed. The current "busy" learning terms--learning city, learning community and social capital, among others--have fast sprung into public use all over the world. Adult learners' organisations are active in many of these developments, but not always with enough clarity and confidence. In this they reflect wider confusion that pervades the language and its use. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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