How Young People Respond to Learning Spaces Outside School: A Sociocultural Perspective

January 1st, 2011 | RESEARCH

This article focuses on educational enterprises outside the formal sector, such as museums, botanical gardens and interactive science centres. International research is drawn on to illuminate how design, culture, educational strategies and settings combine to affect the way in which young people respond to experiences on offer, leading to analysis of the impact of such settings in promoting learning, and the likely implications for those who staff such venues. Aikenhead's concept of the educator as 'culture broker' is developed to suggest ways in which learning might be best supported. It envisages a shift from 'delivery' strategies targeted at large groups towards approaches which focus on what learners choose to know about using dialogue between children and 'known and trusted people'. Analysis of observed responses in various settings is undertaken from a sociocultural perspective using the notion of communities of practice. Implications for the roles of education managers and their staff in further research are developed.


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Team Members

Alan Peacock, Author, University of Exter
Nick Pratt, Author, University of Plymoth


Identifier Type: doi
Identifier: 10.1007/s10984-011-9081-3
Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 1387-1579

Publication: Learning Environments Research
Volume: 14
Number: 1
Page(s): 11

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Social science and psychology
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Informal | Formal Connections | Media and Technology | Public Programs