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Tales from the margins: Learning beyond teaching

This paper, co-authored with Juliet Merrifield, was presented at the SCUTREA conference, University of East London, 2001.

It draws upon the work of the Learning from Experience Trust (LET) into informal learning and LET’s Informal Learning Search Conference in 2000. The paper argues for the value of ‘learning architecture’ or ‘enabling infrastructures’ to support and nurture learning and argues the case for more inclusive and embedded learning through life.

Tales from the margins- Learning beyond teaching copy

Informal Learning

The Learning from Experience Trust (LET), in partnership with NIACE, received funding support from the Lifelong Learning Foundation to explore informal learning.  A search conference was convened to bring together researchers, practitioners and policy people involved with informal learning in different domains (work, community, family and independent learning). The goal was to take stock of what was known about informal learning, its policy implications, and what needed to be done. This research report (July 2000) summarised the key debates in the literature at the time & documented how the participants explored those issues & others over the period of the Search conference.

LET-Final Report -Informal Learning-Oct 2000 copy


Progression from informal learning in the community to formal education.

This report developed out of a project to explore progression pathways from informal learning in the community, to more formal education being undertaken by the Friends Centre, for the Targets for Adult Learning Working Group (TALWG) of the Brighton and Hove Learning Partnership, during autumn 2001. The aim of that project was to research the range of progression routes that learners may want, finding out if they are aware of what is currently available, asking what they would like to see provided and in what form.

Progression report 2002-final copy

Learning and Training for Neighbourhood Renewal

This research, published in February 2002, developed out of a project to explore progression pathways from informal learning in the community to more formal education. It extended that work by mapping existing provision relating to skills and knowledge for the development of communities, and analysed needs and desires for training related to Neighbourhood Renewal.

Given the current shift towards delivery of services through the community and voluntary sector, this research has renewed relevance.

The 1st file is the substantive document with executive summary; file 2 is the action plan; file 3 is an annotated bibliography.

FinalReport-Learning & Training for NR-Feb2002 copy

FinalReport-Learning & Training for NR-Feb2002.2 copy

FinalReport-Learning & Training for NR-Feb2002.3 copy