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Ecologies for Learning and Practice

Emerging Ideas, Sightings and Possibilities, 1st Edition

Edited by Ronald Barnett, Norman Jackson


256 pages | 36 B/W Illus.

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Ecologies for Learning and Practice provides the first systematic account of the ideas of learning ecologies and ecologies of practice and locates the two concepts within the context of our contemporary world. It focuses on how individuals and society are being presented with all manner of learning challenges arising from fluidities and disruptions, which extend across all domains of life. This book examines emerging ways of understanding and living purposively in these new fluidities and provides fresh perspectives on the way we learn and achieve in such dynamic contexts.

Providing an insight into the research of a range of internationally renowned contributors, this book explores diverse topics from the higher education and adult learning worlds, these include:

  • the challenges faced by education systems today
  • the concept of ecologies for learning and practice
  • the role and responsibility of higher education institutions in advancing ecological approaches to learning
  • the different eco-social systems of the world – local and global, economic, cultural, practical, technological and ethical
  • how adult learners might create and manage their own ecologies for learning and practice in order to sustain themselves and flourish.

With its proposals for individual and institutional learning in the twenty-first century, and concerns for our sustainability in a fragile world, Ecologies for Learning and Practice is an essential guide for all who seek to encourage and facilitate learning in a world that is fundamentally ecological in nature.


Ecologies for Learning and Practice is an amazing book – both eye opening and optimistic. It’s subtitle: Emerging Ideas, Sightings and Possibilities precisely captures its intent and content!…The writers expand our own imagination of new approaches to learning, to new institutional architectures for learning in a white-water world…We should congratulate [the editors] for assembling such a provocative collection of authors that helps unpack how learning can be reconstituted in an ever-changing world.

–John Seely Brown, Former Chief Scientist of Xerox Corp and head of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Advisor to the Provost, University of Southern California, USA

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; List of contributors; INTRODUCTION 1 Steps to Ecologies for Learning and Practice; PART 1 Towards Ecologies for Learning and Practice; 2 Animating Systems: The Ecological Value of Bronfenbrenner’s Bio-ecological Model of Development; 3 Weaving Ecologies for Learning: Engaging Imagination in Place-based Education; 4 Learning Ecologies: Liminal States and Student Transformation; 5 Sustainability-oriented Ecologies of Learning: A Response to Systemic Global Dysfunction; PART 2 Ecologies for Learning and Practice in Higher Education; 6 Ecologies for Learning and Practice in Higher Education Ecosystems; 7 Ecological Thinking about Education Strategy in Universities; 8 Education and Innovation Ecotones; 9 Ecosystem Empowerment: Unlocking Human Potential Through Value Creation; 10 Building Doctoral Ecologies and Ecological Curricula: Sprawling Spaces of Learning in Researcher Education; PART 3 Ecologies for Learning and Practice in the World; 11 Learning Ecologies at Work; 12 From Learning Ecologies to Ecologies for Creative Practice; 13 Learning in the Cat’s Cradle: Weaving Learning Ecologies in the City; 14 Society as a Learning Ecology: Glimpsed and Now Disappearing?; Epilogue : Practice seldom makes perfect but …; Index

About the Editors

Ronald Barnett is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education, University College London, Institute of Education.

Norman Jackson is Emeritus Professor, University of Surrey and Founder of ‘Lifewide Education’ Lifewide Education.

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