Learning in the Social Context (Notas de estudio 3.17.20)

Learning in the social context

Source: Peter Jarvis, ch. 3 in Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning (Lifelong Learning and the Learning Society, Volume 1) (New York: Routledge, 2005), 52-58.
Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008VSEKQI/

Inventory of concepts and questions

Format code for the questions:

Italics: Questions I raise about the text
Bold: Explicit questions the author raises in the text
Plain: Implicit questions the author raises in the text


Page 52

  • What is preeminent reality?
  • In what way is the world complex?
  • What are the social factors that contribute to this social context of learning?
  • What is sociology?
  • What is Jarvis’ sociology?
  • In what way does the word precede our temporality?
  • The life world is about our own consciousness


  • We are ‘in-the-world’
  • ‘Inter-personal relationships’
  • ‘impersonal relationships’
  • ‘life-word’
  • the ‘social context of learning’
  • ‘stream of consciousness’

Page 53

  • What is the nature of our life world?
  • where do those dimensions come from?
  • what are the social contexts in which learning occurs?
  • how is our learning affected by the context in which it occurs search questions?
  • where is intersubjective understanding?
  • what constitutes a meaningful life?
  • what is our degree of autonomy in society?

  • A disjuncture’
  • ‘experiential learning’
  • ‘culture’
  • ‘time’
  • ‘space’
  • ‘intersubjective understanding’
  • ‘society as a system’
  • ‘society as life world’

Page 54

  • What do people commonly regard as learning?
  • how do different people react to and learn in similar situations?
  • what is the significance of time in learning social situations?
  • ‘The teachable moment’
  • ‘subcultures’
  • ‘preconscious learning’

Page 55

  • What are the types of space in which live?
  • how does our exposure to different regions through globalization contribute to our multiple identities?
  • how does the place in which we are situated affects the experiences we have from which we learn?
  • how does culture related to identity and experience?
  • how does culture relat to space and time?


  • How is culture nature restructured to serve our needs?
  • What is culture?
  • ‘Time’
  • ‘space’
  • ‘social space’
  • ‘experience’


  • ‘Culture’ as nature reconstructed to serve our needs
  • culture as ‘second nature’

Page 56

  • How does multiculturalism affect our sense of security, sense of community membership And self identity?
  • how should we consider the act through which man meets the challenge of survival?
  • what is the common route of knowledge and action?
  • how is learning a social necessity?

Primary socialization

  • Are we born ‘tabula rasa’?
  • ‘to learn to be’
  • ‘existential anxiety’

Primary socialization

  • The ‘external functioning of culture’ and
  • the ‘internal functioning of culture’

Page 57

  • What kind of phenomena have we learned pre-consciously in the womb?
  • And how important is that learning for our learning after birth?
  • In which way does culture become our won subjective reality?
  • Is it ontologically or epistemologically? Is it both? And how are they related?
  • Is it then a ‘socialized’ reality?
  • Are ‘arbitrary’ meaning and ‘intrinsic’ meaning the only alternatives to explain language?
  • A ‘subjective reality
  • The process of ‘socialisation’
  • ‘Language’
  • ‘primary socialization’
  • ‘secondary socialisation’

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