Learning to create preferred futures: theorising informal and incidental learning in hybrid community learning spaces

Arden, Catherine (2016) Learning to create preferred futures: theorising informal and incidental learning in hybrid community learning spaces. In: Changes and Challenges: the Power of Education to Build the World to Which We Aspire - ACE 2016 National Conference, 26-27 Sept 2016, Sydney, Austrlaia.


Education plays a critical role in preserving social cohesion and democracy by enabling individuals to contribute to, and participate full in, civil society (Kalantzis & Cope, 2001). How, then, do community educators use their influence to equip individuals with the capacity to actively participate in rural community life in a network society and digital era? Which theories are relevant to helping individuals, communities and governments understand and address this challenge?
To propose some answers to these questions, the author draws on the findings of her research into adult and youth learners’ experiences of informal learning in a rural Community informatics project called GraniteNet.
Phenomenographic analysis of participants’ conceptions and experiences of learning in the context of their involvement in GraniteNet’s hybrid sociotechnical learning and working environments revealed seven qualitatively different, structurally related ways of experiencing learning in this context. The findings supporting theorising about the nature, extent and significance of informal and incidental learning and contribute to knowledge about how learning is experienced outside of formal education, including learning embedded in people’s social participation in community life in a digital era.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2017 03:41
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2017 07:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: informal learning; community learning; sociotechnical learning; youth learning;learning in rural community; informatics
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29990

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