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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 208
Title: Understanding Learning in Organized Settings
Lead Author: Russell, Jennifer L.
Abstract: In this white paper we propose building an interdisciplinary community to conceptualize and study the relationship between learning and the social contexts provided by formal organizations, such as schools and out-of-school learning environments. Learning scientists agree that social contexts exert profound influences on learning. Formal organizations dominate the social landscape of modern societies, including their educational functions. Consequently, learning scientists and organization scientists are beginning to recognize the need to construct a conceptual and empirical bridge that links the immediate contexts where learning occurs to their organizational settings. We briefly summarize key contributions of the learning sciences and consider what two perspectives on organizationscontingency theory and institutional theoryreveal about the influence of task and external environment on the formal structures of organizations. We conclude by discussing the implications of this cross-disciplinary agenda including the development of an integrated body of theory guiding empirical work, as well as principles for the redesign of educational organizations.
PDF: Russell_Jennifer_208.pdf

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