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Learning Beyond the School

International Perspectives on the Schooled Society, 1st Edition

Edited by Julian Sefton-Green, Ola Erstad


238 pages

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Whilst learning is central to most understandings of what it is to be human, we now live in a knowledge society where being educated defines life chances more than ever before. Learning Beyond the School brings together accounts of learning from around the world in organisations, spaces and places that are schooled, but not school. Exploring examples of learning organisation, pedagogisation, informal learning and social education, the book shows not only how understandings of education are framed in terms of local versions of schooling, but what being educated could and should mean in very different social and political contexts.

With contributions from scholars based in Australia, Europe, the USA, Latin America and Asia, the book brings together accounts of learning outside of school. Chapters contain rich and detailed case studies of innovative projects, new kinds of learning institutions, youth, peer-driven and community-based activities and public pedagogies, as well as engaging with the dimensions of an argument about the place and nature of learning outside of the school. It challenges dominant versions of school around the world, whilst also critically discussing the value and place of non-institutionalised learning.

Learning Beyond the School should be of interest to academics, researchers, postgraduate scholars engaged in the study of comparative education, youth work, education systems, digital culture, sociology of education and youth development. It should also be essential reading for practitioners and policymakers who are interested in youth and education system reform.


"An exemplary volume that delivers what many profess but few practice: a truly international account of the reach and depth of learning beyond formal schooling. The richly textured, up-to-date studies showcase the necessity to take learners’ perspectives, rather than institutional or policy perspectives, when shaping feasible educational futures. A must-read for policy-makers and practitioners alike."

Kirsten Drotner, co-editor of Informal Learning and Digital Media.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Learning beyond the school - international perspectives on the schooled society
  2. Learning keywords—a cultural studies approach to schooling and pedagogy
  3. Can we de-pedagogicize society? Between ‘native’ learning and pedagogy in complex societies
  4. Accountability in epistemic practice on a Micronesian Island
  5. Ubuntu and bildung in Olso and Zanzibar : communities of learning lives
  6. Mapping the promise of non-schooled learning by James Ladwig
  7. Walking the city: A method for exploring everyday public pedagogies
  8. Taking part in the city: rethinking "Wumenda Chengshi (Our cities)" in Shanghai
  9. Digital media production outside the school: youth knowledge and cultural participation in Argentina and Mexico
  10. Remixing meanings, tools, texts, and contexts: digital literacy goes to school
  11. Literacy practices and popular media culture in the "over-schooled" society
  12. Outing the "out" in out-of-school: a comparative international perspective
  13. The personal and pedagogical in the 21stcentury: experiments in learning about marriage
  14. Beyond the totally pedagogicized society: final reflections

About the Editors

Julian Sefton-Green is Professor of New Media Education at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Ola Erstad is Professor and Head of the Department of Education, University of Oslo, Norway.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

Please send inquiries or proposals for this series to one of the following:

Will Bateman: [email protected] – Editor, UK and Rest of World

Elsbeth Wright: [email protected] – Editor, North & South America

Vilija Stephens: [email protected] – Editor, Australia & New Zealand

Katie Peace: [email protected] – Publisher, Asia


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