Hot off the press – our new book chapter on walking in the city in “Learning Beyond the School” book

We are pleased to inform you about the publication of our new chapter in the “Learning Beyond the School” book co-edited by Julian Sefton-Green and Ola Erstad. This volume brings together accounts of learning from around the world in organisations, spaces and places that are schooled, but not school. Exploring examples of learning organisation, pedagogisation, informal learning and social education, the book shows not only how understandings of education are framed in terms of local versions of schooling, but what being educated could and should mean in very different social and political contexts.

Our chapter explores walking in the city as a method for investigating everyday public pedagogies. The walking methodology described in the chapter aims to explore the infrastructure that circulates opportunities and invitations to participate in learning in the city at the street level. What such walking explorations offer us, we argue, is a view of the learning infrastructures that co-exist with our sites of commerce and everyday public places, as well as shedding light on the different ways in which people are invited to learn and develop skills. 

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Forthcoming publication – a work-in-progress research note in the Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning

We are delighted to announce the publication of a research note in the forthcoming issue of the Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, published by the Open University.

The research note draws on our ongoing study in Bristol involving multi-sited ethnography, including participant observation, interviews and ethnographic encounters. We argue that that using anthropological methods affords valuable insights into the relatively neglected aspects of urban learning within the international discourse surrounding learning cities. It can help to reveal the everyday practices through which the city affords learning and to explore how learners improvise and navigate the city.

From January, the journal article can be accessed here:

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