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Learning in Places: The Informal Education Reader
by Zvi Bekerman
Bekerman (anthropology of education, Hebrew U. of Jerusalem) compiles 14 essays on informal learning and education in places such as museums, homes, libraries, workplaces, classrooms, and recreation areas. An international group of contributors questions what is considered learning and looks at a variety of processes in which it happens. The essays study using informal edu...more
Paperback, 315 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
(first published November 16th 2005)
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The articles in this reader vary widely in their aims and interests, but if you're interested in a comparison between the approach to learning institutionalized by schools and the approach to learning inherent in informal settings, this is a good start.
This book does a much better job of pointing outward at larger theoretical infrastructure underlying trends in "informal" education learning than it does presenting and analyzing specific instances of it. I found myself making notes about bibliographic entries of Bourdieu. Vygotsky and Freire to pursue from these essays more often than I was making notes about methodological revelations or compelling case studies, though there were some of the latter present as well (the piece on community media...more