Thank you for contributing to the Learning City research!

Dear all

In the last two years (2016-2018), we have been doing research about learning in Bristol, interviewing different stakeholders and observing some of the learning activities across the city.

This is to inform you that we are now at the end of our research and slowly preparing our final steps. From January 2019, the project website will not be updated. 

It has been a great pleasure working with all our respondents, learning from your expertise on the city and its various learning initiatives. We were surprised by the openness and generosity of all Bristolians – many thanks for giving up your time for interviews and enabling us to undertake participant observation, create a public exhibition, organise numerous workshops and conference presentations, and even being able to make a learning city quilt, set up a poetry evening and create a series of film clips on people’s experiences of learning in Bristol!

We have been busy writing up the findings of our projects and so far completed publications in the Journal of Lifelong Learning and Widening Participation and the “Learning beyond the school” volume edited by Julian Sefton-Green and Ola Erstad (see posts below).

We are pleased to inform you that there are several more in the pipeline (unfortunately publications take much longer than the research itself!):

Edited volume of Oxford Review of Education on learning cities (forthcoming 2019)

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Article in City and Society:

Buchczyk, M. & Facer, K. (forthcoming) The city as a learning container? Ethnographic investigations into everyday informal learning practices in Bristol.

Book chapter for the “Learning Ecologies” book co-edited by Ronald Barnett and Norman Jackson. Routledge.

Facer, K., Buchczyk, M., Bishop, L., Bolton, H., Haq, Z., Gilbert, J., Thomas, GI., Tomico, J. & Wang, X., (forthcoming) Learning in the Cat’s Cradle: Weaving learning ecologies in the city.

Many thanks again for your contribution and please do not hesitate to get in touch with us in case of any questions.

Please email Magda (an602mb@gold.ac.uk) or Keri (keri.facer@bristol.ac.uk) about publications.

Get in touch with Katherine regarding anything else related to the project administration – k.dunleavy@bristol.ac.uk

Please note that this website will no longer be updated.

Best wishes, Magda and Keri

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Hot off the press – our new book chapter on walking in the city in “Learning Beyond the School” book

We are pleased to inform you about the publication of our new chapter in the “Learning Beyond the School” book co-edited by Julian Sefton-Green and Ola Erstad. This volume 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.

Our chapter explores walking in the city as a method for investigating everyday public pedagogies. The walking methodology described in the chapter aims to explore the infrastructure that circulates opportunities and invitations to participate in learning in the city at the street level. What such walking explorations offer us, we argue, is a view of the learning infrastructures that co-exist with our sites of commerce and everyday public places, as well as shedding light on the different ways in which people are invited to learn and develop skills. 

For more details, see here: https://www.routledge.com/Learning-Beyond-the-School-International-Perspectives-on-the-Schooled/Sefton-Green-Erstad/p/book/9781138087712

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Forthcoming publication – a work-in-progress research note in the Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning

We are delighted to announce the publication of a research note in the forthcoming issue of the Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, published by the Open University.

The research note draws on our ongoing study in Bristol involving multi-sited ethnography, including participant observation, interviews and ethnographic encounters. We argue that that using anthropological methods affords valuable insights into the relatively neglected aspects of urban learning within the international discourse surrounding learning cities. It can help to reveal the everyday practices through which the city affords learning and to explore how learners improvise and navigate the city.

From January, the journal article can be accessed here: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/openu/jwpll/2018/00000020/00000001/art00012

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BAARS seminar presentation

We are pleased to announce that Dr Magda Buchczyk has been invited to give a presentation during the 2018 Bristol Anthropology and Archaeology Research Seminars. The talk on the 21 March 2018, entitled “The city as a learning container? Ethnographic investigations into everyday informal learning practices in Bristol”, will focus on the primary findings of the Reinventing Learning Cities project.

More details here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/archanth/events/seminars/

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Learning City: A Self-Portrait Exhibition

In September, we curated a public exhibition as part of the project. An interactive display brought together photographs, film, drawing, personal stories, craft objects and cultural artefacts to capture the ethnographic work of researchers at the University of Bristol, supported by community researchers. The focus was on how people learn outside of the structured education system, whether it’s through community centres, walking groups, protests or charities.

As part of the show, on 2 September, we organised a day of talks exploring how we learn in the city through everyday practices, public pedagogy and social and community engagement. The morning session was structured as a “behind the scenes” gallery talk on how the exhibition was put together, from research to making the artworks. The talk included Professor Keri Facer (research team), Gideon Thomas (community researcher and Cathy Wilson (poetry group) The afternoon session, hosted by Keri Facer, focused on the role of universities in the city, and invited experts presenting their unique perspectives on the learning city. Dr Cassie Earl from University of Bristol discussed critical approaches to public pedagogy and Professor Robin Hambleton (UWE) focused on inclusive cities. The final closing event on 7. September included Tommy Jarvis (Bristol Learning City) and Professor Judith Squires (University of Bristol), followed by a poetry evening celebrating the learning city. Many thanks to all contributors and visitors for their feedback.

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Capturing past and present learning

In July, as part of our Unlocking Creative Learning Cities funding, awarded by the Brigstow Institute, we organised a story-telling workshop with a group of senior citizens from Dhek Bhal.

The session focused on eliciting stories of past and present learning, and how those link to wider context of life history and sense of place. The discussion was very illuminating, and the group shared a range of inspiring and touching memories. As part of our creative collaboration with Tom Stubbs (film-maker, Biggerhouse Film) and Joff Winterhart (illustrator), the participants’ narratives were captured through film and drawings. We hope to show this fascinating material to a wider public during the August exhibition.

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Paper accepted

We are pleased to announce that our research note, Exploring Lifelong Learning in the Everyday City, was accepted by the Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. The journal is based on the belief that there are neglected links between research and theory, and policy and practice in the promotion of widening participation in post-compulsory education and lifelong learning. It aims to provide a forum for the development of theory, the addressing of policy questions and the dissemination of innovative practice in the field of widening participation and lifelong learning.

The article by Buchczyk and Facer draws on an ongoing study in Bristol involving multi sited ethnography including participant observation, interviews and ethnographic encounters. In this research note, we argue that that using anthropological methods affords valuable insights into the relatively neglected aspects of urban learning within the international discourse surrounding Learning Cities. It can help to reveal the everyday practices through which the city affords learning and to explore how learners improvise and navigate the city.

Key words everyday; learning city; ethnography; improvisation