Discourses on Learning Collectives

Focus

Exploring and exploiting structures that support collective generation of new possibilities

Principal Metaphors

  • Knowledge is … situation-relevant actions and interpretations
  • Knowing is … effective contributions to joint activities
  • Learner is … a collective entity (defined by a purpose or a task)
  • Learning is … elaborating current possibilities
  • Teaching is … coaching, supporting

Originated

1990s

Synopsis

Discourses on Learning Collectives are concerned with matters of designing tasks, designating roles, and structuring situations in ways that support the maintenance and elaboration of teams, organizations, and other social collectives. Associated discourses include:
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Business Psychology, Employment Psychology, Industrial Psychology, Management Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Work Psychology) – a branch of psychology that combines interests in individual behavior, group behavior, and organizational coherence/effectiveness
  • Open System Theory – a theory that views the organization as shaping and shaped by its environment. With regard to the former, the organization is seen as transforming inputs (i.e., human and physical resources) into outputs (i.e., goods and services) that influence the environment
  • Organizational Behavior Management – the extension and application of Applied Behavior Analysis across the levels of individuals, groups, and organizations, designed to address problems that emerge at the organizational level
  • Values Education – explicit schooling on principles of acting, moral standards, and ethical codes that define what is acceptable in an organization or community

Commentary

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 education literatures, but the latter is more prominent in the world of business. That difference is perhaps unsurprising, given education’s legacy of focusing on individuals, which contrasts sharply business’s emphasis on continuous innovation.

Subdiscourses:

  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Business Psychology, Employment Psychology, Industrial Psychology, Management Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Work Psychology)
  • Open System Theory
  • Organizational Behavior Management
  • Values Education

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Please cite this article as:
Davis, B., & Francis, K. (2021). “Discourses on Learning Collectives” in Discourses on Learning in Education. https://learningdiscourses.com.


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