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Being in the world: the event of learning

Being in the world: the event of learning

Papadopoulou, Marianna and Birch, Roy (2009) Being in the world: the event of learning. Educational Philosophy And Theory, 41 (3). pp. 270-286. ISSN 0013-1857 (Print), 1469-5812 (Online) (doi:

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This paper employs an eclectic mix of paradigms in order to discuss constituting characteristics of young children's learning experiences. Drawing upon a phenomenological perspective it examines learning as a form of ‘Being’ and as the result of learners’ engagement with the world in their own, unique, intentional manners. The learners’ intentions towards their world are expressed in everyday activity and participation. A social constructivist perspective is thus employed to present learning as situated in meaningful socio‐cultural contexts of the everyday, lived world and as a form of participation in those settings. These characteristics of learning are brought together into a holistic, synthesised model, a Gestalt of learning. The proposed synthesis has relevance for and is applicable to educational contexts as a means of making sense of children's learning experiences and of promoting and facilitating them.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Being in the world, intentional structures, learning as situated, learning as a form of participation, phenomenology, social constructivism
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education > Department of Education & Community Studies
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:36

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