• Becca, Learning Wayfinder

Who Does Learning?

This is part of our 'Big Questions' in learning series, where we never know where the discussion is going to take us. At a recent meet up we went down these roads:


1. Everyone is entitled to be learners

Humans are always learners, but that doesn't mean people get access to learning easily.

Examples of some approaches:

  • soft play centres as engagement for life - family friendly, and in places of learning

  • Polmont Prison has 'this is a learning place' written over the door.

  • South Hampton Sea City Museum tells the story of the people of the city


2. Comfortable people do learning - you can't learn unless you're comfortable:

We've noticed a trend: learning provision is moving away from facts and concepts, and towards providing greater social interaction and self confidence

Learning point: A great example here is the SuperPower Agency, who worked with local learners to facilitate their production of the Leither's Guide to Leith


3. People who understand the language do learning

What we mean here is - can you translate knowledge into something that is relevant to your audience? Can you make it come alive? Engaging?

Learning Point: the No Knives Better Lives project used keywords that resonated with young people, and a peer-to-peer learning element: 'Educators are young people who work in their communities to raise awareness of the risks and consequences of knife crime'.


4. Collaborators do learning

All around Scotland, there are hundreds of people committed to making the world a better place through their chosen work, be it in environmental learning (heritage, science comms, natural world, etc) social justice, youthwork or something else. Look at what we're all doing that is similar, not different.

Learning Point: look to NCCPE's tookit on how to do collaborative engagement projects

Learning Point: Museums Galleries Scotland has a Strategic Learning Platform





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