Social Theories of Learning Course 2014/15

Social Theories of Learning (EDUC 70500) 2014/15
You are invited to join the Social Theories of Learning course at the University of Manchester for 2013/14.
The STL course is aimed at staff and postgrad students who want to develop their work in relation to theory in a supportive and collaborative environment. Whether you consider yourself a novice or an expert when it comes to theory, you are welcome to come along and join in. Details of the course can be found below, and in the attached flyer.
Our first session takes place on Wednesday 1st October from 1-3pm, room tbc.
From 1-2pm there will be a public seminar led by Prof. Etienne Wenger, Communities of Practice author and STL tutor. This seminar is open to all so please feel to attend even if you can’t join the full course. Following this, from 2-3pm, there will be an introductory STL course session for all those who think they might want to take part.
For further details please contact
We also welcome participants from a variety of disciplines and institutions, so please forward this email to anyone you think may be interested.

Social Theories of Learning overview
Over the year you will:
1) Discuss some initial readings from a variety of different theories with the rest of the class.
2) Choose one theoretical strand to study in more depth together in a group, and discuss with the rest of the class what you’ve found.
3) Develop, share and discuss some theoretical work (from any perspective) related to your own research.
4) Receive valuable feedback on an assignment, a draft PhD chapter or paper.

Some of the theories and authors you may engage with on the course include:
Communities of Practice • Discursive Practice • Activity Theory • Figured Worlds • Wenger • Vygotsky • Holland • Foucault • Bourdieu • Bakhtin • Engestrom

Course tutors include:
Prof. Etienne Wenger, Prof. Julian Williams, Prof. Erica Burman, Prof. Yvette Solomon, Prof. Tim Dornan

Key dates:
Oct 6th, 13th, 20st, 27th (Mon) 10 – 11:30: Introductory reading sessions
Oct 28th & 30th (Tue 13 – 16pm + Thu 10am to 15pm): Intro readings/ Intro to strands/ Student contexts
Nov-Feb: Working groups on theoretical strands
Feb 24th & 26th (Tue 13 – 16pm + Thu 10am – 16pm): Working group feedback sessions
Mar-April: Interest groups + Individual work
Apr 28th & 30th (Tue+Thu – reserve most of the dates of the week, please): Student presentations


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