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LKL Workshop 12 September 2007


Pre-Event Overview and Discussion


This page looks at the ways in which learners can work with and develop technology to take control of learning for themselves and with it the political spaces. The discussion points we would like to raise for the September session are:


  • Learners shaping their learning contexts through collaborative activity - co-creation
  • Roles in learning becoming more flexible and open to question
  • Policy in learning emerging from collaboration rather than "consultation"
  • Learning as a "public value"


Developing Ideas


In developing ideas about the nature of learners in learner generated contexts it is helpful to remember that much writing on learning is about procedure and the classification of learners.


Learning is seen as having private value - the acquisition of skills being value of an individual's learning to their family, employer or the economy (Leitch); rarely communities or societies unless these are equated with the economy.


Learning as acquisition will be compared with learning through participation, reception compared with transformation, transmission of knowledge compared with testing and development of knowledge by learners.


Touchstones for these ideas include:


The Joseph Rowntree work on poverty and educational experience - see Donald Hirsh's summary of current work - "Children from different backgrounds have contrasting experiences at school. Less advantaged children are more likely to feel a lack of control over their learning, and to become reluctant recipients of the taught curriculum. This influences the development of different attitudes to education at primary school that help shape their future."


The Leitch Report and the Government's response via the implementation plan (the link provides further links to related documentation)


The Stern report on climate change as, with Leitch, it's about changing attitudes and behaviour, and education!


Work by Fred Garnett and Nigel Ecclesfield on Public Value and Policy 2.0


We will address this by asking these four questions of the audience


  1. Can we identify an e-enabled iteration of Public Value? (Policy 2.0)
  2. Can we build better stakeholder relationships in education?
  3. Can we develop participatory and democratic processes in the education system?
  4. Can we develop frameworks for enabling and recognising the co-design and co-creation of learning?


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