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Representing learning lives: what does it mean to map learning journeys?

Sefton-Green, Julian (2017) Representing learning lives: what does it mean to map learning journeys? International Journal of Educational Research, 84. pp. 111-118. ISSN 0883-0355

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ijer.2016.05.003


‘Learning lives’, a double articulation both describing lifelong and life wide learning and the role learning plays in developing identity, relies on a process of portrayal. The vocabulary used to make sense of learning across contexts and over time is spatial in origin and metaphorical in application. Key terms include: mapping, connecting, navigating, tracing, pathways, vectors and networks. I suggest that we are now developing ways of representing learning that depend significantly on forms of narration, the filmic gaze and a visual frame making the concept of a “learning journey” more visible. Yet as we appear to capture and represent complicated forms of learning in “non-educational” contexts so the paradigm of studying such learning as movement is thrown into question.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2018 09:28
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 06:43

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