chapter  5
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Finding The Spaces In-Between

Learning as a Social Material Practice
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This chapter explores two particular concepts using the approach outlined above delegation and breaching to see whether and how these might illuminate a specific attempt at educational change. The first concept allows investigating what happens when, through the redesigning process, people allocate different roles to non-humans such as spaces and technology. The second explicitly engages with the disruptive effects of challenging an existing set of social and material learning practices. Latour introduces the concept of delegation as a means of seeing how and when humans and non-humans can act interchangeably. When Garfinkel developed the idea of breaching, its main aim was to expose how deeply embedded are our ordinary material practices, as well as the banality and everydayness of the mechanisms through which these are perpetuated. New forms of delegation across humans and non-humans, then, collide with congealed understandings of previous patterns of human, object and spatial entanglements in particular contexts.