Discourses on Individual Learning in Group Settings


Exploring and exploiting collective settings and tasks to support individual learning

Principal Metaphors

  • Knowledge is … scope of possible actions and interpretations
  • Knowing is … contributing appropriately
  • Learner is … a collaborator
  • Learning is … developing understanding and/or skill
  • Teaching is … supervising, facilitating, guiding




Discourses on Individual Learning in Group Settings are concerned with matters of designing tasks, designating roles, and structuring contexts in ways that support the developments of individuals’ conceptual understandings and soft (social) skills.


With the rise in prominence of Collectivist Learning Theories since the 1970s, advice to educators has split into two principal streams: Discourses on Individual Learning in Group Settings and Discourses on Learning Collectives. The former cluster is encountered much more frequently in both professional and research literatures – which shouldn’t be surprising, given the popular tendency to conflate “learner” with “individual.”

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Please cite this article as:
Davis, B., & Francis, K. (2019). “Discourses on Individual Learning in Group Settings” in Discourses on Learning in Education. https://learningdiscourses.com.

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