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Transforming Learning Cultures in Further Education

Grant reference: L139251025

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TLRP: Transforming learning cultures in FE: conceptions of learning and teaching
The central focus of this project is on learning. We do not have a specific definition, but interpret learning as widely as possible, including, for example, both informal and formal aspects. We are concerned with learning by students, by tutors, by other individuals and groups within our partner colleges, and learning within the research team. We made three working assumptions about learning, in order to design the research. They are: That learning is a social and cultural activity. That is, much learning concerns social interactions with others, and individual learning has social and cultural dimensions. It follows that learning entails social structures, various forms of agency, and issues of unequal power relations; That learning is complex, and that it is valuable to investigate that complexity, rather than isolating a small number of variables for detailed attention; That learning is relational. That is, there is a vast array of influences on learning, and these various influences are mutually interdependent, so that changing one may well change others. Simple models of cause and effect are therefore unlikely to lead to significant insights.
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Author P Hodkinson

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