cfp: The Philosophy of Peer Learning

cfp: The Philosophy of Peer Learning
Thursday, September 1, 2011 (All day)
The Philosophy of Peer Learning

Educational Philosophy and Theory
Peer production has become an important organizing logic for a network-driven era. Social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Ning, flickr, YouTube and Wikipedia, are facilitating social connectivity on a massive scale. Developments in ICT networks now define and shape information production and potentially transform the organization of cognitive labor. What happens to learning, to educational institutions, and to society in general, when the balance between formal and informal education is radically reformulated? What happens when informal learning in peer communities becomes the norm, and formal education the adjunct? What does education and learning become when it is marked by openness, co-participation, and a commons of shared educational material? While this emergent trend has not yet fully affected mainstream education, it has become a reality for the millions of citizens and knowledge workers connected together through the Internet. In this special issue of Educational Philosophy and Theory, we will examine the multiple ways in which peer collaboration and peer learning now undergird social, pedagogical and philosophical changes in education. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

- Technologies and infrastructures for peer learning 

- Open access issues (open access publishing, open textbooks)

- Education as a commons

- p2p learning theories and approaches

- The social dynamics of peer learning

- Open accreditation and other peer recognition practices

- Studies on the relations between informal and formal learning and their mutual adaptation or antagonism
- Attitudes of traditional education practitioners and institutions vis a vis p2p learning challenges; attitudes of peer learners towards traditional educational institutions

- Governance of p2p oriented learning communities and the emergence of participatory practices

- social change induced by p2p learning socialization
Editorial Contacts
Daniel Araya
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Michel Bauwens
Franco Iacomella
Articles for Consideration
Articles for submission should be no more than 6000 words. It is essential that an Abstract (100-200 words) be provided with each article. The author's name and affiliation should appear at the beginning of the article, together with full mailing and email addresses. Abstracts should be sent by email to the editors.
Deadline for Abstracts: September 1, 2011
Deadline for final submission: January 1, 2012

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