Learning Bridges: Learning and Teaching at the Intersection of Formal and Informal Learning Environments

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description (abstract)

“Learning Bridges” is a multidisciplinary research project funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The project is carried out at the University of Helsinki in collaboration between the CICERO Learning Network and the Department of Teacher Education (1.1.2008–31.12.2010).

The main aim of the project is to investigate and develop teaching and learning practices and models at the intersection of formal, informal and non-formal contexts. Of specific interest are learning environments situated within and across schools, museums, science centers and libraries.

The project investigates, evaluates and develops pedagogical approaches and models in order to enhance productive collaboration between participants and contexts. The aim of the research is to bridge gaps between formal and informal learning environments so that the funds of knowledge as well as social practices developed in one setting can become resources in the other. Moreover, the project examines the role and possibilities of technology and social media to support participants’ transitions and knowledge generation across contexts. The multi-professional collaboration and learning at work are also investigated in the research project.

Research topics

- Learner agency, identity work and learning transitions in and across different learning environments
- The construction of interaction and collaboration between students, teachers and other professionals across and within contexts
- The role of technology in mediating interaction, collaboration and learning between participants and learning environments
- Pedagogical models and curricula recommendations for productive integration of formal and informal learning environments
- Multi-professional collaboration and learning at work

Keywords: learning; teaching; learning environment; agency; collaboration; work-based learning
Effective start/end date01/01/200831/12/2010

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • learning
  • teaching
  • learning environment
  • agency
  • collaboration
  • work-based learning