Human-Centric Learning and Post-Human Experimentation

Authored by: Richard Edwards

The Routledge International Handbook of Learning

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415571302
eBook ISBN: 9780203357385
Adobe ISBN: 9781136598562


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Over many years, the significance of the discourse of lifelong learning has been much disputed. For some, lifelong learning is integrally linked to the project of neo-liberal economic development. For others, it is a way of framing educational opportunities for all throughout the life course. For yet others, it is a way of reframing adult and second-chance education. These debates have largely focused on the multiple purposes of lifelong learning. What, perhaps, has been less the focus of discussion has been the concept of learning itself within lifelong learning. This chapter will explore lifelong learning as a human-centric project of subjectification and will suggest that educational practices could be framed alternatively around the possibilities for a post-human condition of responsible experimentation (Edwards 2010).

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