Expansive Learning in Professional Contexts

A Materialist Perspective

  • Christian¬†Beighton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Christian Beighton
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  3. Christian Beighton
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  4. Christian Beighton
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  5. Christian Beighton
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  6. Christian Beighton
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  7. Christian Beighton
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 115-119

About this book


This book discusses approaches to organizational learning from a materialist point of view. Inspired by research into Police Firearms training, features of expansive learning inform the development of perspectives on training which challenge traditional modes of research and delivery. The book critically reviews a range of approaches to expansive learning and organizational research, establishing the bases and limitations of an Expansive Learning Index whose aim is to support collaborative provision in the context of work-based research. Reflecting on this process, it stresses the strangeness and mobility of workplace learning and develops a philosophical pragmatics for professional development. Approaches to knowledge and enquiry which place language and subjectivity at the heart of development are challenged by a more pragmatic approach to expansive learning: its consequences for training, research, and professional development lead to a discussion of the need for immanent forms of professional ethics.

Christian Beighton is Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. He has many years of experience in teaching and training in a variety of settings, including as an Honorary Firearms Instructor. His previous book Deleuze and Lifelong Learning published 2015. 


Firearms Police training Education Professional development Materialist Professional learning Materialism Organizational research Professional ethics

Authors and affiliations

  • Christian¬†Beighton
    • 1
  1. 1.Canterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-57435-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-57436-7
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