FocusGroup support of individual learning
- Knowledge is … cultural practices (that are exhibited by practitioners belonging to various communities)
- Knowing is … appropriate engagements
- Learner is … a participant in a community
- Learning is … participation in learning communities
- Teaching is … structuring and support of learning communities
SynopsisA Learning Community is a group of learners with sufficiently compatible interests, attitudes, and circumstances to support and influence one another in the pursuit of a shared goal or compatible goals – typically an advanced credential. The Learning Community model began to appear in North American institutions of higher education in the 1980s, and it is currently prominent across Europe and North America, especially among online and distance-learning programs.
CommentaryAdvocates of Learning Communities assert that the model might encourage students to stay in school longer, amplify curricular coherence, support collaborative knowledge construction, and contribute to more current and contextually relevant learning. Evidence based on participants’ subjective experiences indicates that such claims are appropriate. More objective research into achievement gains is scant and less compelling.
Authors and/or Prominent InfluencesDiffuse
Status as a Theory of LearningLearning Community is not a theory of learning.
Status as a Theory of TeachingLearning Community is more a “pedagogical design” than a theory of teaching.
Status as a Scientific TheoryLearning Community is typically associated with scientific theories of learning, more commonly ones in the Socio-Cultural Theory family. However, perhaps just as commonly, the phrase “learning community” is invoked as a reference to an organizational or pedagogical strategy, independent of any reference to contemporary learning theories.
Please cite this article as:
Davis, B., & Francis, K. (2020). “Learning Community” in Discourses on Learning in Education. https://learningdiscourses.com.
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