Productive London meeting

The meeting which took place in London the 27.-30.May 2013 saw the further development of the Position Paper as Gert Biesta, Gavriel Salomon, Lars Vavik and Thomas Arnesen discussed the conceptual basis for “Learning in the 21st century”. The main issue was how to conceptualize the relationship between in and out-of-school learning in such a way that it can be used to identify educationally beneficial combinations/interactions on the basis of which a more generic typology could be developed. The empirical examples are primarily drawn from the “Learning bridges” project headed by professor Kristiina Kumpulainen at the University of Helsinki, the “Connected learning” project (http://dmlhub.net/sites/default/files/ConnectedLearning_report.pdf) headed by professor Ito (http://www.itofisher.com/mito/), and professor B. Barron’s research on “Learning ecologies” (http://life-slc.org/docs/barron-self-sustainedlearning.pdf), as well as new empirical studies such as Hege Myklebust’s work on the need for argumentative writing in the digital age. Some main developments include the exclusion of the ‘bridge’ metaphor to conceptualize the relationship between in- and out-of-school learning since it carries with it too many assumptions as to the desirability of bridging in the first place.

Gert Biesta at London meeting

Gert Biesta at London meeting