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Edwards, Richard – Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), 2014
In highlighting the importance of problem-based learning in the development of 21st century skills, (Yun Jo) An (2013) identified the challenges faced by novice teachers in its implementation and suggested strategies to support them. This commentary explores two aspects mentioned in the article, assessment and the role of collaboration, and argues…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Problem Based Learning, Novices, Program Implementation
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Ivanic, Roz; Edwards, Richard; Satchwell, Candice; Smith, June – British Educational Research Journal, 2007
In this report, it is argued that the most salient factor in the contemporary communicative landscape is the sheer abundance and diversity of possibilities for literacy, and that the extent and nature of students' communicative resources is a central issue in education. The text outlines the conceptual underpinnings of the Literacies for Learning…
Descriptors: Research Design, Literacy Education, Adult Education, Literacy
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Edwards, Richard – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2006
This article explores the question of what we might understand to be a learning context within discourses of lifelong learning. If we identify learning as both lifelong and lifewide, how then can we frame a meaningful notion of context and what is its relationship to learning? These are important questions that have been explored within work on…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Adult Education, Context Effect, Discourse Communities
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Edwards, Richard – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2006
This article takes as its focus the "and" in discourses of teaching and learning. Drawing upon the work of Deleuze and Guattari, I argue that the "and" signifies a complex, sticky relationship between teaching and learning, and that we can radicalise our conception of "and" to bring forward a range of different discourses. The argument suggests…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Critical Thinking, Learning, Instruction
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Edwards, Richard – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2003
Argues that discourses of lifelong learning act as intellectual technologies that construct individuals as subjects in a learning society. Discuses three discourses using actor-network theory: (1) economics/human capital (individuals as accumulators of skills for competitiveness); (2) humanistic psychology (individuals seeking fulfilment through…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Cognitive Processes, Discourse Analysis, Lifelong Learning
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Edwards, Richard; Ranson, Stewart; Strain, Michael – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2002
The current notion of lifelong learning in policy and practice is dominated by behaviorist, adaptive accumulation of skills and qualifications. An alternative is reflexive lifelong learning, developed through social learning networks within the context of dislocation and uncertainty. It involves the reflexive practices of metacognitive analysis…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Lifelong Learning, Metacognition, Policy Formation
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Edwards, Richard; Usher, Robin – Adult Education Quarterly, 2001
Situates lifelong learning within the framework of postmodernism, particularly the notions of performativity, decentering, and lack of mastery. Describes lifelong learning in postmodernist terms as a condition of constant apprenticeship in which proficiency is never final or complete. (Contains 44 references.) (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Lifelong Learning, Mastery Learning, Outcomes of Education
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Edwards, Richard; Clarke, Julia – Studies in Continuing Education, 2002
Drawing on Foucault, Deleuze, Guattari, and actor-network theory, the significance of space in flexible learning and its role in knowledge production and identity are explored. A cautious and analytical approach to the notion of lifelong learners liberated from time and space constraints is advocated. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/SK)
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Lifelong Learning, Open Education, Social Networks
Edwards, Richard – Adults Learning (England), 1995
Substantially different meanings are ascribed to the "learning society": (1) an educated society committed to citizenship and democracy; (2) a learning market preparing individuals for the competitive economy; and (3) a learning network supporting a lifelong approach. The learning market currently predominates, but it does not produce a…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Citizen Participation, Competition, Education Work Relationship
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Nicoll, Katherine; Edwards, Richard – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2000
Argues the necessity of a discursive approach to policy analysis. Emphasizes the importance of metaphor to the analysis. Explores the metaphorical role of lifelong learning in educational policy. (SK)
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning
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Butterworth, Christine; Edwards, Richard – Open Learning, 1993
Discusses the Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) and describes a pilot project at the Open University (United Kingdom) that introduced credit for APL in one course. Steps in the assessment process are outlined, including constructing a student portfolio; and workload, staff development, and costs are considered. (LRW)
Descriptors: College Credits, Costs, Distance Education, Evaluation Methods
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Edwards, Richard – Studies in Continuing Education, 1994
Economic and technological change have altered the way knowledge is produced and transmitted. In modernism, "useful" knowledge is emancipatory; in postmodernism, knowledge is exchanged on the basis of its value to the consumer. Its real use value is tied to increasing the efficiency of the distribution system. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Distance Education, Economics, Postmodernism
Payne, John; Edwards, Richard – Adults Learning (England), 1996
Interviews at three British further education colleges demonstrate that the meanings of impartiality in preentry adult guidance change with the context. Impartiality is challenged by lack of statutory provision for adult guidance, lack of outreach, and the question of whether impartial guidance is more likely in high-demand courses. (SK)
Descriptors: Admissions Counseling, Adult Counseling, Adult Students, Bias
Edwards, Richard – Adults Learning (England), 1993
Emphasis on competence and National Vocational Qualifications in Britain raises questions as to whether the competence framework is an appropriate form of progress. Development of education/training and employment opportunities in the present period of uncertainty requires imagination as well as competence. (SK)
Descriptors: Competence, Economic Change, Educational Change, Foreign Countries