Every day we are confronted with problems and challenges which we address by drawing on our experience and by using this experience to find ways of learning what to do in new circumstances. Learning through experience is the normal, commonplace approach to learning and we take it for granted. Whilst much is known about teaching and being taught, far less attention has been given to learning in context - in particular, to learning outside the classroom. Yet this is in fact where most learning takes place. One possibly neglected area is the role which people, other than the learner, play in facilitating learning. This role is undertaken not only by teachers, trainers, parents and counsellors, but also by managers, supervisors, care-givers and friends. This book brings together the experiences of a number of practitioners, who write from often strongly contrasting perspectives. Such perspectives include feminism, Marxism, critical pedagogy, post-modernism and Gestalt, humanistic, clinical and transpersonal psychology.

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chapter 1|11 pages

Animating learning from experience

ByNod Miller, David Boud

chapter 2|11 pages

Synthesising traditions and identifying themes in learning from experience

ByDavid Boud, Nod Miller

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Part 1

chapter 3|14 pages

Helping people learn what they do

Breaking dependence on experts
ByStephen Brookfield

chapter 4|18 pages

Developing socially critical educators

ByJohn Smyth

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Part 2

chapter 5|14 pages

Sharing the secrets of perspectives

Operating honestly in the classroom
ByJoyce Stalker

chapter 6|18 pages

Helping whole people learn

ByJohn Heron

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Part 3

chapter 7|18 pages

Making the difference/teaching the international

ByJan Jindy Pettman

chapter 8|14 pages

Using life experience to teach feminist theory

ByElizabeth Tisdell

part |2 pages

Part 4

chapter 9|14 pages

Building on experience

Working with construction workers in Brazil
ByTimothy Ireland

chapter 10|12 pages

Community empowerment

What happens when a community decides to do things differently
ByJim Brown

part |2 pages

Part 5

chapter 11|14 pages

Animating learning in teams

A Gestalt approach
ByJohn Bernard Harris

chapter 12|13 pages

Writing and power

Influence and engagement in adult literacies
ByJane Mace

chapter 13|11 pages

Feeling the fear

ByBob Johnson

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chapter 14|15 pages

Ending with ourselves

Reflections on animation and learning
ByNod Miller, David Boud