I gave this talk at the Vancouver Digital Media Ecologies Research Symposium. I argued that the place of ‘not-school learning organisations is firmly if unequally established as part of the ‘ecologies’ of educational provision in many cities across the developed world. In many of these initiatives there is an interest in and commitment to a range of creative actives, art , drama and forms of media making. There is a small if problematic research literature describing and characterising learning in such centres and spaces. In this talk I reflected on what it means to talk about learning out side of the school and explored the significance of some ‘creative biographies’ – examining the effect over time on people who participate in such initiatives when young and what difference it might make to them from a life-long perspective.
From Creative Learning to Creative Lives: Contextualising the Youth and Community Non-Formal Education Sector
This is the title of a talk I recently gave in Vancouver at the Harbour Centre to a joint audience from Simon Fraser University and University of British Colombia. I explored three aspects of ‘The Class’. (1) learning in the home (2) learning music outside the school and (3) the social and learning capital made visible through social network analysis.
This book co-edted by myself and Ola Erstad has just been published by Cambridge University Press. You can order it here.
My study of the research, theory and advocacy for and about learning in out-of-school settings is now available here.
This was the title of a talk I gave in the Department for Creative and Cultural Arts, Hong Kong Institute of Education 27th August 2012.
In the talk I reflected on two linked themes emerging from The Class project.
- I questioned what it means to talk about the home as a site for learning describing the ‘educational bricolage’ that goes on in domestic environments as parents and children negotiate the pressures of commercial interests in opening up these spaces amidst an intensification of the pedagogicization of every-day life.
- I reported on the processes, patterns and meanings of how some young people learn music outside of formal education. Music means different things to the young people and they exhibited a range of different modes of learning to play an instrument and become proficient in musicmaking. These modes challenge, complements, supplement and in some cases suborn the practices of musicmaking we observed at the school.
I shared ongoing thoughts from the current research project, The Class, part of the Connected Learning Research Network funded by The MacArthur Foundation as part of its Digital Media Learning program at a seminar for the new centre for Children, Youh and Media at QUT, Brisbane on 24th August, 2012.
Working with an ‘ordinary’ London school, I have been following the ‘learning ‘networks within and beyond a single class of 13-14 year olds at home, school and elsewhere over the course of an academic year – observing social interactions in and between lessons; conducting interviews with children, parents, teachers and relevant others; and mapping out-of-school engagements with digital networking technologies to reveal both patterns of use and the quality and meaning of such engagements as they shape the learning opportunities of young people.
In the talk I reflected the range of methods, methodologies and heuristics we have used to collect and make sense of a project of this nature and at this scale. I will describe the range of data we have collected, the different methods we used to collect and access it and how we are working to code and interpret it.
I contributed to a keywords seminar at the Centre for Children, Youth and Media and Queensland University of Technology in August 2012. Using The Class project I talked about how the home is now a contested site of learning.
I gave a paper at an invitation seminar at the University of Western Sydney on Cultural Pedagogies in August 2012. The seminar aimed to to explore discussion about what might constitute ‘cultural pedagogies’, and to open up debate across disciplines, theories and empirical focus to explore both what is pedagogical about culture, and what is cultural about pedagogy.
My paper was called:
The problem of pedagogy and everyday life or when is pedagogy not a pedagogy?
I argued that contemporary Education policy and research is dominated by interest in and studies of the penetration of learning as a life-long, life-wide project of the self. Significantly driven by speculation about ways that digital technology may (or may not) be breaking down traditional structures of educational provision there is enormous interest in the ‘pedagogization of everyday life’ and development and meaning of ‘informal learning’. For example, I am currently engaged in a year long ethnographic study of one class of 13-14 year olds in London exploring: in what ways do social networks, including digitally mediated networks, enable or impede young people’s learning and learner identity; how children’s digital media activities, embedded in daily practices and regimes of learning and leisure in and beyond the classroom, enable new forms of connected (or disconnected) learning; and how the wider opportunity structures of peers, school, family and community enable diverse learning outcomes.
In this paper I want use findings from this project – in particular the different ways that participants frame the idea of ‘learning’ in school and in everyday life -to question casual and generalised uses of pedagogy as an analytic category in studies of ‘not-school’ learning. I want to argue that principles of progression, of change over time, and expertise must be central to the term’s usefulness rather than simple (and empirically problematic) ideas about subjectivity and identity. Whilst there is no doubt that we can describe all sorts of frames and ‘opportunity structures’ that construct (and delimit) opportunities for learning, how useful is it to bracket all of these together as forms of pedagogy?
A draft version of the paper can be found at seftongreen discussion paper2
This is the title of a series on Austrian Radio led by Armin Medosch and Ina Zwerger
I was interviewed and ‘appear’ in a number of the segments.
I gave this talk at the Designs for Learning 2012 conference in Copenhagen in April 2012. The Talk used data drawn from The Class project and explored images of learning from home visits. My argument is that there is intense global interest in learning outside of the school and in this new educational order, the ‘home’ has become a vital ‘new’ terrain for all sorts of learning – formal, informal and semi-formal. Based on on-going research exploring the connected learning lives of a class of young people in London, the presentation questioned what it means to talk about the home as a site for learning. It described the ‘educational bricolage’ that goes on in domestic environments as parents and children negotiate the pressures of commercial interests in opening up these spaces amidst an intensification of the pedagogicization of every-day life.
The talk will be online soon. The Powerpoint is available here.