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The Learning Conference 2003

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Learning: When Everything is Simulacra what is Substance?

Dr Wendy Crebbin.

The discursive battle over/within the construction of meaning of 'school learning' has never been so intense, or had so many claimants contesting the arena. Amongst the plurality of claimants, currently the most favoured contender carries the title of 'standards' which, through a sequence of repositionings, has achieved an impressive level of hyper-reality. Another significant contestant, 'lifelong learning', supported by 'competences', focuses on a very different set of meanings. Other contestants such as constructivism, problem-based learning, critical pedagogy, and socio-cultural perspectives are all seeking recognition. Then there are two relatively new, and very different contenders in the battle, being 'brain-based learning', and dot com. Almost any of these latter contenders has the potential to bring school learning to some kind of basic reality. They also risk the very real danger of being re-constructed during the battle.


Dr Wendy Crebbin  (Australia)
Senior Lecturer in Teaching and Learning
University of Ballarat

  • School Learning
  • Multiple Meanings
  • Discursive Contestations
  • Reality

(30 min Conference Paper, English)