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Social Partnerships in Learning Frameworks: Learning across Knowledge and Identity Boundaries

Wallace, Ruth (2008). Social Partnerships in Learning Frameworks: Learning across Knowledge and Identity Boundaries. In: IASK International Teaching and Learning Conference, Aveiro, Portugal, 26-28 May, 2008.

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IRMA ID 77258317xPUB4
Author Wallace, Ruth
Title Social Partnerships in Learning Frameworks: Learning across Knowledge and Identity Boundaries
Conference Name IASK International Teaching and Learning Conference
Conference Location Aveiro, Portugal
Conference Dates 26-28 May, 2008
Conference Publication Title Proceedings of the IASK International Conference: Teaching and Learning 2008
Place of Publication Aveiro
Publisher IASK
Publication Year 2008
ISBN 978-972-99397-8-5   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 769
End Page 776
Total Pages 8
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract Learning engagement is informed by people's cultural and social experiences, relationships and identities. Developing innovative and successful approaches to training in remote and regional contexts with culturally and socially diverse people is underpinned by effective partnerships and the recognition of diverse knowledge systems as they relate to the worlds of work, community engagement and learning. A recent study examined the role of identity in engagement in formal learning by socially disfranchised learners from a regional Northern Australia. Parcipitants' identities were found to negotiate relationships across diverse knowledge systems and established power structures. They actively informed regional learners' identities about parcipitation in formal education. The study's outcomes described learner identities and the associated learning partnerships that inform engagement in learning and the ways they function as powerful mediators of learner experience and engagement. These social partnerships in learning are the connecting tissue between learning systems and agents and operate at and across all levels i.e. involving individuals, organizations and learning systems. Social partnerships in learning frameworks are used to examine diverse knowledge systems, recognise a range of learning identities, develop capacity building processes and examine the underlying relationships that facilitate connections, engagement and decision making between government, non-government, enterprise, community, stakeholders and individuals. This paper discusses the key drivers in social partnerships in learning and the implications for learning policy, pedagogy and research.
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