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ERIC Number: EJ903544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 34
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0077-5762
Learning as the Organizing of Social Futures
O'Connor, Kevin; Allen, Anna-Ruth
Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, v109 n1 p160-175 2010
In this chapter, the authors argue for a perspective on learning as the organizing of access to valued social futures. Why think of learning in terms of organizing? Such a perspective, they believe, follows from a particular view of the human sciences, one that sees people as always engaged in organizing, collectively, the conditions for and meaning of their actions. This is an inherently value-laden process that requires reflexive monitoring of the ongoing flow of action and ongoing adjustments to fit successive contributions to the emerging and jointly negotiated understanding of the occasion. This organizing work is not exclusively locally produced, but draws on various structuring resources, such as material and symbolic artifacts, that are brought into local action from elsewhere and that can become consequential at other places and at other times. This general perspective, the authors believe, captures the commitments of many researchers who work with a view of human action, and of learning, as socially, culturally, and historically located. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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