Learning Futures Conference, Leicester 9 th -10 th January 2007. Professor Bob Fryer CBE National Director for Widening Participation in Learning. Living in an era of profound & widespread social & cultural change.
Learning Futures Conference, Leicester
9th-10th January 2007
Professor Bob Fryer CBE
National Director for Widening Participation in Learning
‘Emergent world’ has many different labels:
All contrast sharply with the classic description of rationalist, de-personalised, expert, calculative & instrumental bureaucracy
“The key to the Learning Society is to seek the learning potential in everyday situations….A ‘learning culture’ must, after all mean finding learning in the most unlikely places….
Michael Barber, The Learning Game
“Prosperity for all in the global economy: world class skills”
Just right for schemes based on ‘competence’
“The fully developed bureaucratic mechanism compares with other organisations exactly as does the machine with the non-mechanical modes of production.
Precision, speed, unambiguity, knowledge of the files, continuity, discretion, unity, strict subordination, reduction of friction & of material and personal costs – these are raised to the optimum point in the strictly bureaucratic organisation.”
The ‘emergent world’ of work demands:
Rules & Structures
“No jobs are guaranteed, no positions are foolproof, no skills are of lasting utility, experience and know-how turn into liabilityas soon as they become assets, seductive careers all too often prove to be suicide tracks. In their present rendering, human rightsdo not entail the acquisition of a right to a job, however well performed , or - more generally - the right to care and consideration for the sake of past merits. Livelihood, social position, acknowledgement of usefulness and the entitlement to self-dignity may allvanish together, overnight and without notice.”
Zygmunt Bauman, Postmodernity & its Discontents, page 22
Source: Jarvis 2001
“The world in which post-modern men and women need to live their lives and shape their life strategies puts a premium on ‘tertiary learning’ - a kind of learning which our inherited institutions, born and matured in the modern ordering bustle are ill prepared to handle; and one which educational theory, developed as a reflection of modern ambitions and their institutional embodiments, can only view with a mixture of bewilderment and horror, a pathological growth or a portent of advancing schizophrenia.”
Source: Bauman, op. cit.
Very elusive & slippery concept, often sloppily deployed. But to:
According to the celebrated Jacques Delors Commission on Lifelong Learning, The Treasure Within
Personal, pastoral, motivational & developmental
Administrative, financial & organisational support
Academic, pedagogic, content & technical support
Resources, facilities & technologies
Lifestyles, cultures & work-life balances
Learning outcomes & credit