Learning pathways: How learning is culturally organized

Na’ilah Suad Nasir, Maxine Mc Kinney De Royston, Brigid Barron, Phillip Bell, Roy Pea, Reed Stevens, Shelley Goldman

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In this chapter, we present a developing framework for conceptualizing learning as occurring along culturally-organized learning pathways-the sequences of consequential participations (Beach, 1999) in learning activities that move one toward greater social recognition as competent in particular learning domains. Our approach supports a view of learning that attends to the multi-level, longitudinal nature of the ways that cultural processes are inherent in learning. It draws attention to the specific resources to which learners have access, the ways that learners are differentially positioned within the broad range of learning settings in which they participate, and the role that issues of identity-who one is in the process of becoming-play in learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of the Cultural Foundations of Learning
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781135039318
ISBN (Print)9780203774977
StatePublished - May 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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