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the informal education reader

learning in places

exploring informal education and informal learning
some key themes



Edited by Zvi Bekerman, Nicholas C. Burbules and Diana Silberman Keller, Learning in Places is a resource book exploring the field of informal learning/education and its potential to transform educational thinking.

On this support page we link articles in the encyclopaedia and archives to some of the themes developed in the reader.

By way of an introduction to the book we include here the opening chapter by Zvi Bekerman, Nicholas C. Burbules and Diana Silberman Keller: Learning in places - an introduction.

Exploring informal education and informal learning

Informal education - our introductory guide.

Non-formal and informal education - towards a new paradigm - Alan Rogers explores some possibilities.

Informal Jewish education - Barry Chazan's seminal paper.

Informal learning - our introduction.

Helen Colley, Phil Hodkinson & Janice Malcolm - Non-formal learning: mapping the conceptual terrain. A Consultation Report - helpful overview of the different discourses.


Alan Thomas - Informal learning and home education / home schooling - explores the potential of informal learning.

Informal education in schools and colleges - an exploration of the possibilities and problems.

Stephen Billett - Critiquing workplace learning discourses: Participation and continuity at work - An influential critique arguing that many of the discourses restrict how workplace learning is conceptualised and discussed.

Museums and informal education - Chandler Screven examines some possibilities and guidelines.


Associational life (la vie associative)

Dialogue and conversation

Globalization and education

Happiness and education

Informal and nonformal education, colonialism and development


Zvi Bekerman/Nicholas C. Burbules/Diana Silberman-Keller: Introduction - Mark K. Smith: Beyond the Curriculum: Fostering Associational Life in Schools - Doris Ash/Gordon Wells: Dialogic Inquiry in Classroom and Museum: Actions, Tools, and Talk - Shelley Goldman: A New Angle on Families: Connecting the Mathematics of Life with School Mathematics - Glynda A. Hull/James G. Greeno: Identity and Agency in Nonschool and School Worlds - Honorine Nocon/Michael Cole: School's Invasion of «After-School»: Colonization, Rationalization, or Expansion of Access? - Maureen A. Callanan/Gregory Braswell: Parent-Child Conversations about Science and Literacy: Links between Formal and Informal Learning - Ashley E. Maynard/Patricia M. Greenfield: Cultural Teaching and Learning: Processes, Effects, and Development of Apprenticeship Skills - Daniel Schugurensky: «This Is Our School of Citizenship»: Informal Learning in Local Democracy - Sally Duensing: Culture Matters: Informal Science Centers and Cultural Contexts - D. W. Livingstone: Informal Learning: Conceptual Distinctions and Preliminary Findings - Zvi Bekerman: «Dancing with Words»: Narratives on Informal Education - Diana Silberman-Keller: Images of Time and Place in the Narrative of Nonformal Pedagogy - Nicholas C. Burbules: Self-Educating Communities: Collaboration and Learning through the Internet - Ray McDermott: Situating Genius.

Zvi Bekerman, Nicholas C. Burbules and Diana Silberman Keller (2006) Learning in Places - the informal education reader, New York: Peter Lang. [See publisher's details]