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Learning Beyond Competence to Participation.

Casey, Leo (2013) Learning Beyond Competence to Participation. International Journal of Progressive Education, 9 (2). pp. 45-60. ISSN 1554-5210

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The essence of progressive education today is a view of learning centered on participation. In adulthood, the quest to participate and the quest to learn may ultimately be regarded as one and the same. Research on the learning journeys of adults undertaking a basic computer course are used to support these ideas. The participants in this study described pathways of learning directed toward useful activities rather than academic qualification or career
progression. The notion of this journey as extending beyond competence to participation emerged from the analysis. Participation is a communicative process; framed by sets of
assumptions on all sides. These assumptions are, in turn, influenced through participation.
This paper considers the relevance of these ideas for the ubiquitous nature of everyday digital technologies and the challenges faced by people who lack the relevant competence to participate. An approach to pedagogy based on the ideals of progressive education is proposed––a shift of focus from the individual to the participant, and from competence to
participation as the ultimate goal of learning. Copyright 2013 INASED.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > E-Learning
L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > Literacy
Divisions: Centre For Research and Innovation in Learning and Teaching Publications
Depositing User: Timothy Lawless
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2014 11:47
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2014 11:59

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