Nordic Research Network on Learning Across Contexts (NordLAC)

This researcher network brings together researchers who share an interest in looking beyond research into one particular context for learning.

Research on learning across contexts is growing in interest in the Nordic countries, but it is at the same time fragmented. This network will encourage research and training initiatives across the participating groups. Different conceptual and methodological approaches will be brought together in order to consolidate a Nordic research community on the interconnection between knowledge production and learning in different sites and contexts where children and young people participate.

A broad set of influential studies from different disciplinary fields during the last decades contribute to the growing interest in issues of learning across contexts. A key issue is: "What is particular to contexts that facilitate learning processes?"

This is addressed also with a view towards the increasing role played by mobility, due to the use of digital media, looking at movement and spatiality as they pertain to literacy research. Increased mobility of learning contexts challenges key questions about the role of time and scale as well as the idea of spatiality online and offline.

Behind many of these notions of context, time, scale, spatiality, people, things, and networks lie further assumptions about the interrelationship between individuals and society, and the role of education in the 21st Century.

Facts about the project
Project manager

Ola Erstad, University of Oslo, Norway

ola.erstad@ped.uio.no

Funding scheme
Researcher networks
Duration
2011-2014