Whilst learning is central to most understandings of what it is to be human, we now live in a knowledge society where being educated defines life chances more than ever before. Learning Beyond the School brings together accounts of learning from around the world in organisations, spaces and places that are schooled, but not school. Exploring examples of learning organisation, pedagogisation, informal learning and social education, the book shows not only how understandings of education are framed in terms of local versions of schooling, but what being educated could and should mean in very different social and political contexts.

With contributions from scholars based in Australia, Europe, the USA, Latin America and Asia, the book brings together accounts of learning outside of school. Chapters contain rich and detailed case studies of innovative projects, new kinds of learning institutions, youth, peer-driven and community-based activities and public pedagogies, as well as engaging with the dimensions of an argument about the place and nature of learning outside of the school. It challenges dominant versions of school around the world, whilst also critically discussing the value and place of non-institutionalised learning.

Learning Beyond the School should be of interest to academics, researchers, postgraduate scholars engaged in the study of comparative education, youth work, education systems, digital culture, sociology of education and youth development. It should also be essential reading for practitioners and policymakers who are interested in youth and education system reform.

chapter 1|15 pages


Learning beyond the school – international perspectives on the schooled society
ByJulian Sefton-Green

chapter 2|12 pages

Learning keywords – a cultural studies approach to schooling and pedagogy

ByJames G. Ladwig, Julian Sefton-Green

chapter 3|17 pages

Can we de-pedagogicise society?

Between “native” learning and pedagogy in complex societies
ByMariëtte de Haan

chapter 4|16 pages

Accountability in epistemic practice on a Micronesian Island

ByVera Michalchik

chapter 5|18 pages

Ubuntu and bildung in Olso and Zanzibar

Communities of learning lives
ByOla Erstad

chapter 6|18 pages

Mapping the promise of non-schooled learning

ByJames G. Ladwig

chapter 7|21 pages

Walking the city

A method for exploring everyday public pedagogies
ByKeri Facer, Magdalena Buchczyk

chapter 8|15 pages

Taking part in the city

Rethinking “Wumenda Chengshi(Our Cities)” in Shanghai
ByLuo Xiaoming

chapter 9|18 pages

Digital media production outside the school

Youth knowledge and cultural participation in Argentina and Mexico
ByInés Dussel, Ariel Benasayag

chapter 10|23 pages

Remixing meanings, tools, texts, and contexts

Digital literacy goes to school
ByJohn Scott, Glynda A. Hull, Jennifer DiZio

chapter 12|16 pages

Outing the “out” in out-of-school

A comparative international perspective
ByJulian Sefton-Green

chapter 13|18 pages

The personal and pedagogical in the 21st century

Experiments in learning about marriage
ByAnita Ratnam, Nitya Vasudevan

chapter 14|6 pages

Beyond the totally pedagogicised society

Final reflections
ByJulian Sefton-Green