Learning and practice: Agency and identities
Learning and practice: Agency and identities

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Learning and practice: Agency and identities


This course covers a sociocultural approach to understanding and analysing learning. This view of learning challenges what is traditionally considered learning and knowledge in formal situations. It introduces you to the way that social, historical and cultural influences shape practice and what is made available to learn. In bringing together and pondering the learning occurring in the social/leisure and workplace spaces the course invites you to rethink how, for example, you understand distinctions between home and school, everyday and specialist activity, playground and classroom and other distinctions that are often made across contexts. This course considers some key concepts underpinning the view of learning as a negotiation of meaning. In examining settings from a sociocultural perspective, the course demonstrates how to use these concepts to examine how learners’ agency is mediated and whether this is empowering and extends agency or is disempowering and constrains it.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of postgraduate study in Education, Childhood & Youth qualifications. [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

This course is also available in Welsh on OpenLearn Cymru.

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