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Productive dissent in learning communities


“Community” has become a commonplace term in the learning sciences. Alongside this popularization comes the view that communities are, in general, something to strive towards. We draw on contemporary trends to problematize this assumption and motivate a discussion for the productivity of dissent.

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    We note, as Collins does, that conserving communities still involve a great deal of learning.


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Trninic, D., Swanson, H. & Kapur, M. Productive dissent in learning communities. Instr Sci 46, 621–625 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11251-018-9466-0

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  • Communities of learning
  • Learning communities
  • Conserving communities
  • Dissent
  • Critical thinking