A sociomaterial model of the teaching-learning continuum
Keywords:informal learning, informal teaching, teaching-learning continuum, sociomaterial theories, (adult) education research
AbstractIt is widely accepted today that the range between informal and formal learning can be conceptualized as a continuum. Since substantial models are not available, the specific features of this continuum depend on one's preference. In this paper, I will propose a model for the continuum that defines its constituting variable 'formalization' and thereby its points and ends. Because the parameters of the learning process can reach different degrees of formalization, the continuum is split into sub-continua for each parameter. In a second step, the perspective on learning is expanded to the general teaching-learning process, with the consequence of complementing the learning continuum with a teaching continuum. In order to argue for entangled teachinglearning states and to address questions of materiality and causality, I draw on sociomaterial theories. Finally, some consequences for (adult) education research are discussed.
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