Learning Careers

  • David Scott
  • Gwyneth Hughes
  • Carol Evans
  • Penny Jane Burke
  • Catherine Walter
  • David Watson

Abstract

In this chapter, we examine learning careers and communities of practice, and we focus on one of our groups of students: part-time home students in full-time work who were enrolled on the first year of a Master’s programme at a British university. Discussions about social and academic integration and the complex relationship between the two in the lives of students usually refer to the present, but Bloomer and Hodkinson (2000) suggest that it is insufficient to view learning as culturally embedded at the time it takes place. They claim that many studies of student learning lack a longitudinal perspective that incorporates past as well as present learning experiences and contexts. They introduce the term learning career to make good this oversight. In a learning career, dispositions may change over time, but are often reified, because the relationship between being a learner and other aspects of a learner’s past and present life in a learning career cannot be understood without consideration of the learner’s identity constructions and indeed identity transformations.

Keywords

Learning Community Professional Identity Learn Transition Academic Writing Autonomous Learner 
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Copyright information

© David Scott, Gwyneth Hughes, Carol Evans, Penny Jane Burke, Catherine Walter and David Watson 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Scott
    • 1
  • Gwyneth Hughes
    • 1
  • Carol Evans
    • 2
  • Penny Jane Burke
    • 3
  • Catherine Walter
    • 4
  • David Watson
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonUK
  2. 2.University of ExeterUK
  3. 3.University of SussexUK
  4. 4.University of OxfordUK
  5. 5.Green Templeton CollegeUK

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