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On Learning

A general theory of objects and object-relations

David Scott

£45.00

ISBN: 9781800080003

Publication: May 20, 2021

This is a philosophical work that develops a general theory of ontological objects and object-relations. It does this by examining concepts as acquired dispositions, and then focuses on perhaps the most important of these: the concept of learning. This concept is important because everything that we know and do in the world is predicated on a prior act of learning.

A concept can have many meanings and can be used in a number of different ways, and this creates difficulty when considering the nature of objects and the relationships between them. To enable this, David Scott answers a series of questions about concepts in general and the concept of learning in particular. Some of these questions are: What is learning? What different meanings can be given to the notion of learning? How does the concept of learning relate to other concepts, such as innatism, development and progression?

The book offers a counter-argument to empiricist conceptions of learning, to the propagation of simple messages about learning, knowledge, curriculum and assessment, and to the denial that values are central to understanding how we live. It argues that values permeate everything: our descriptions of the world, the attempts we make at creating better futures and our relations with other people.

Praise for On Learning

'Provides a nuanced and layered understanding of the complex concept and practice of learning to students and researchers.'
Educational Review

David Scott is Emeritus Professor of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at the UCL Institute of Education.

List of figures and boxes
Preface
1 Introduction

Part One: Philosophical frameworks
2 Semantic theories of learning
3 Learning and knowledge
4 A Bildungstheorie
5 Justification criteria for knowledge and learning
6 A mathematical language: averaging, probability, comparison, prediction and correlation

Part Two: Learning relations
7 A bureaucratic theory of learning
8 A genealogy of curriculum and learning
9 Social, economic and political categories of learning and knowledge
10 An ethical theory of learning and knowledge

11 Critical learning and knowledge
References

'Provides a nuanced and layered understanding of the complex concept and practice of learning to students and researchers.'
Educational Review

 

Format: Hardback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

318 Pages

Copyright: © 2021

ISBN: 9781800080003

Publication: May 20, 2021

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