Learning by Design

By Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis.

Published by The Learner, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

Format Price
Book: Electronic $US15.00
Book: Print $US40.00

Learning by Design explores the relationships between the widening circles of
pedagogy, curriculum and education. It examines the changing social context of
education today and the ways in which teaching and learning might respond to
these changes. Along the way, the book redefines the key terms of the debate
about the nature of learning, moving in the direction of a socio-cultural theory of the conditions of learning.

Learning by Design also speaks in a practical voice. It describes an experiment
in which teachers write up their curriculum using a scaffold that highlights its underlying learning sequence and pedagogical architecture, thus making this
explicit to themselves, other teachers and learners.

The book tells the story of a number of groups of teachers participating in this experiment in Australia (Victoria, Queensland and Australian Capital Territory) and Malaysia. It tells of their aspirations and fears, and their successes and failures in the quest to find more effective ways of teaching and greater engagement for their learners. The journey takes them into new territories where they become learners themselves, discovering fresh dimensions of a rapidly changing profession. The result is that the process of designing and managing student learning becomes more consciously ‘by design’—mindful, premeditated, reflective and shared.

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 5.163MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by The Learner, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, Illinois.

Dr. Bill Cope

Research Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies, College of Education, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, USA

Dr Bill Cope has been a Director of Common Ground Publishing since 1984. Common Ground runs a number of annual conferences in fields education, management and the humanities, as well as developing the collaborative online publishing environment, CommonGroundPUBLISHER. He is a former academic working in a number of Australian universities, and a First Assistant Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. His research and writing, jointly with Prof. Mary Kalantzis, has resulted in a number of books, including: The Powers of Literacy, Falmer Press, London, 1993, Productive Diversity, Pluto Press, Sydney, 1997; A Place in the Sun: Re-Creating the Australian Way of Life, Harper Collins, Sydney, 2000; and Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures, Routledge, London, 2000.

Prof. Mary Kalantzis

Dean, College of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA


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