Learning In and Out of School: Education across the Globe
Tuesday & Wednesday, May 22–23, 2012
This set of papers derives from a conference convened at the University of Notre Dame in May 2012, in turn building on and out from a panel held in Montreal at the American Anthropological Association meeting in November 2011. It is envisioned as a contribution to broadening the scholarly but also the public conversation about the nature of learning and its relationship to the formal institutions we know as schools. In that sense, posting proceedings is a necessary offering.
We—anthropologists, psychologists, human development and education scholars from as far as Korea and Alaska—met for two full days during a gorgeous spring week just following graduation, with flowers and warmth and the peace of an academic year just completed. We ate wonderful food throughout the day and night, and had many informal conversations along with the formal proceedings. As convener, I aimed to implement my best understanding of how people learn and how they interact by structuring the conference with no papers delivered. This is somewhat like “flipping the classroom”: the independent preliminary work that could be done in advance was done in advance—writing and reading papers and preparing comments on others’ work—and the precious face-to-face time was used for what could only be done that way: discussing, asking, brainstorming, and laughing together.
Susan D. Blum
Table of Contents
Susan D. Blum
Workshop 1 – Learning
Cindy Dell Clark
Vanessa L. Fong
Workshop 2 – Schools
Susan D. Blum
Workshop 3 – Non-academic Learning in Schools
Workshop 4 – Other Forms of Education
Meghan M. Chidsey
John D. Herzog
Workshop 5 – Other Forms of Schools
Rebecca M. Klenk
Leslie C. Moore
Carolyn Pope Edwards
With generous support from
Many people helped substantially with this endeavor. For financial support of the conference as well as of the editing of these proceedings, I thank especially the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies; the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA), College of Arts and Letters; and the Office of Research. For logistical support, I am grateful to Tom Merluzzi and Pat Base at ISLA; the Department of Anthropology, especially Michelle Thornton; at the Kellogg Institute Judy Bartlett, Dean Hartke, Scott Mainwaring, Elizabeth Rankin, Steve Reifenberg, and Sharon Schierling; special angel badge to Therese Hanlon. For editorial assistance with the proceedings, I am grateful to Leonor Wangensteen-Moya and Emily Wauford. For development of the ideas of this conference, and for help with practical matters I appreciate the efforts of Jee Seun Choi, Barunie Kim, and Christina Rogers. For help with many aspects of this conference, I am especially indebted to Emmy Dawson who wore many hats (including serving as rapporteur). For all-around encouragement, I thank Sassy, Hannah Jensen, and Lionel Jensen.