Learning in College: Beyond the Classroom

  • Savitha Suresh Babu National Institute of Advanced Studies

Abstract

Learning in college often extends beyond classrooms and formal instruction. Various forms of student organisings can allow for learning beyond institutional curricula. In this paper, using two examples of collective mobilisations, I argue for paying keener attention to the informal within formal education spaces. Both the instances under discussion occur around the space of the hostel - located within the formal educational institution and yet, away from the formalised processes of learning and teaching. In varied ways, however, the forms of conversation that marks the coming together of students, has pedagogic significance.  Specifically, conceiving students mobilising as an instance of anti-caste assertion or against implicitly accepted gender norms, I argue, provides students newer ways of thinking about the world - and must thus be conceptualised as learning. Not only are these informal learning spaces significant for the varied ways they could impact students; they are also important in holding the possibility to question hegemonic practices in educational institutions, and society at large.

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National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru, India

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Published
2017-07-01
How to Cite
BABU, Savitha Suresh. Learning in College: Beyond the Classroom. Tattva - Journal of Philosophy, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 2, p. 1-10, july 2017. ISSN 0975-332X. Available at: <http://journals.christuniversity.in/index.php/tattva/article/view/1499>. Date accessed: 11 dec. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.12726/tjp.18.1.

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