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Author Sefton-Green, Julian.

Title Learning at not-school : a review of study, theory, and advocacy for education in non-formal settings / Julian Sefton-Green.

Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2013.

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Description 1 online resource (vi, 92 pages).
Series The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation reports on digital media and learning
Summary Schools do not define education, and they are not the only institutions in which learning takes place. After-school programs, music lessons, Scouts, summer camps, on-the-job training, and home activities all offer out-of-school educational experiences. In "Learning at Not-School," Julian Sefton-Green explores studies and scholarly research on out-of-school learning, investigating just what it is that is distinctive about the quality of learning in these "not-school" settings. Sefton-Green focuses on those organizations and institutions that have developed parallel to public schooling and have emerged as complements, supplements, or attempts to remediate the alleged failures of schools. He reviews salient principles, landmark studies, and theoretical approaches to learning in not-school environments, reporting on the latest scholarship in the field. He examines studies of creative media production and considers ideas of "learning-to learn"--That relate to analyses of language and technology. And he considers other forms of in-formal learning--in the home and in leisure activities--in terms of not-school experiences. Where possible, he compares the findings of US-based studies with those of non-US-based studies, highlighting core conceptual issues and identifying what we often take for granted. Many not-school organizations and institutions set out to be different from schools, embodying different conceptions of community and educational values. Sefton-Green's careful consideration of these learning environments in pedagogical terms offers a crucial way to understand how they work. (Contains 17 notes.).
Local Note MIT Press Direct MIT Press Direct Open Access
Subject After-school programs -- Cross-cultural studies.
Learning -- Cross-cultural studies.
Comparative education.
Indexed Term EDUCATION/Digital Media & Learning
ISBN 9780262311984 (e-book)
0262311984 (e-book)
9780262311977 (e-book)
0262311976 (e-book)
9780262518246 (pbk. ; alk. paper)