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Young people’s learning in digital worlds: the alienation and re-imagining of education

Being educated is a particular cultural narrative central to growing up in our societies whilst only a part of the learning that we do is explicitly valued and conceptualized as such. We tend to think of learning as an activity … Continue reading

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Towards a cultural history of digital autodidacticism: changing cultural narratives of education

This essay just published in the Brazilian journal, Perspectiva, here argues that the various new imaginaries of the connected, creative, autonomous, coding, motivated and making digital learner have their roots in diverse and older visions of a different kind education … Continue reading

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Platform Pedagogies

This is a new collaborative project I have started with colleagues from Australia and the US. Our site details ongoing reading, projects that are just beginning to gert off the ground and our collaborators. It explains our double focus: examining … Continue reading

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Defining the limits and possibilities of progressive literacy education: lessons from schooled and out -of-school music-making in “The Class”

In this talk at the SIG ” Writing and Literacies at the April, 2019, AERA , Toronto conference, In this presentation I reflected on what’s involved in understanding learning from such a lifewide/lifelong perspective and described 4 cases of young … Continue reading

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The non-formal arts learning sector, youth provision, and paradox in the learning city

The ‘learning city’ contains a range of non-formal learning economies. In recent years researchers have focused on, what has been termed, the non-formal arts learning sector, to document best practices, the emergence of new literacies and/or cultural practices, and to … Continue reading

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Crossing boundaries between home and school: teachers and the challenge of digital connectivity

In November, 2018, I was invited to visit South Korea and to give a talk at a conference jointly organised by the Reading Association of Korea and the Association of Korean language education at the National University in Seoul. A … Continue reading

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Changing family cultures: the politics of learning with digital media

In October, I spoke at the YCC network ( young, creative, connected) in Madison Wisconsin. The aim of the symposium was to focus broadly on the ways that digital media may or may not be “changing” the nature of learning … Continue reading

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This changes everything! What “the digital” means for the purposes and practices of education (2)

I gave a more detailed version this talk recently at the University of Sydney as part of the Media@Sydney series. This version can be found online here. It a more elaborate argument about how schools and education systems are caught … Continue reading

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This changes everything! What ‘the digital’ means for the purposes and practices of education

I recently gave a talk on this topic which can be found on YouTube, here. The argument is that schools and education systems are caught in the headlights of the digital era. Educational reformer, John Dewey, created the principles of … Continue reading

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Learning beyond the School

Following a seminar in Oslo in 2016 this book is now out. It explores the argument whilst whilst learning is central to most understandings of what it is to be human, we now live in a knowledge society where being … Continue reading

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