Instructional Science

, Volume 46, Issue 4, pp 621–625 | Cite as

Productive dissent in learning communities

  • Dragan TrninicEmail author
  • Hillary Swanson
  • Manu Kapur


“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.


Communities of learning Learning communities Conserving communities Dissent Critical thinking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departement Geistes-, Sozial- und StaatswissenschaftenETH ZürichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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