chapter  5
Pragmatism: A learning theory for the future
ByBENTE ELKJAER
Pages 16

Dane Bente Elkjaer holds a chair in learning theory at the University of Aarhus. She is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Management Learning. Her main focus is working life learning, and her theoretical approach is inspired by the works of the American pragmatist philosopher and educator John Dewey. In 2005 she published a book, When Learning Goes to Work: A Pragmatist Gaze at Working Life Learning (in Danish). In the following chapter, which is published for the fi rst time here, Elkjaer gives an interpretation of Dewey’s understanding of learning grounded in his particular notion of the concept of experience. She discusses how a pragmatist perspective on learning can elaborate contemporary learning theory by being linked to the notion of practice-based learning as introduced by the works of Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger.