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Learning in Places: The Informal Education Reader
by Zvi Bekerman
"Learning in Places" is a concerted effort undertaken by an outstanding group of international researchers to create a resource book that can introduce academic, professional and lay readers to the field of informal learning/education and its potential to transform present educational thinking. The book presents a wealth of ideas from a wide variety of disciplinary fields ...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