I haven't read his book 'A will to learn: Being a student in the age of uncertainty' but have been meaning to and interested to hear from anyone who has. Not sure if this is an open event but as I received an invitation I don't see why this shouldn't be the case. I suppose this relates to the notion of 'the only thing students need to learn is how to learn'... What do you think?
Learning for life, learning through life, learning across life
Wednesday 12 May, 3-5pm
Rootstein Hopkins Central Space, London College of Fashion, John Princes Street
In this session, Ron will explore some large themes that bear on learning in the contemporary age, including
- the will to learn, with its associated idea that the development of the will to learn should be the primary concern of academic staff
- the idea that learning for life requires certain kinds of dispositions and qualities and that the educator’s role lies partly in their development.
- the idea of ‘liquid learning’, namely the idea that the boundaries that mark out learning spaces are dissolving (and that students no longer see their university experience as entirely separate from their wider world)
- the coming of ‘lifewide’ learning, the phenomenon of individuals (including ‘students’) being located in multiple learning spaces and that their learning is to a significant degree a matter of the growth of the individual’s ‘lifeworld’
- implications – in very general terms – of the above considerations so far as teaching is concerned.
This session will be a discussion built loosely around the above themes and will hopefully be an opportunity to share thoughts and ideas. It would be helpful, therefore, if colleagues could come armed with concerns and experiences and their own teaching approaches that bear on the above issues.
Ronald Barnett is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Education, London. His work focuses on the conceptual understanding of the university and higher education. His books include Realizing the University in an age of supercomplexity, and A Will to Learn: Being a Student in an Age of Uncertainty. In 2009, he was a Special Adviser to the UK’s Select Committee Inquiry into Universities and Students and is currently a Senior Research Consultant at the University of Surrey. He is a past-Chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education and has been an invited speaker in 30 countries.