Emancipatory practice: the defining LD value?

#Becomingeducational Learning Developers are third space professionals…

Uniquely placed to enable diverse students to negotiate academic discourse and its power relations – more on their own terms… and as they become academic by harnessing their own strengths, by recognising their own needs…

This is an inspirational post from Helen Webster who would like us to continue the conversation:

What does emancipatory practice mean to you?

We hope that you do join in the conversation.

Best,
Sandra & Tom

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I’ve been trying to write this post for quite a while now, as I have long had the feeling that emancipatory practice is the core defining value of Learning Development, but have struggled to fully understand and articulate what it means and how to do it. I suspect that it has profound implications for our work and also how we position ourselves as a profession. As often happens when you’re mulling something over in the back of your mind, it has repeatedly popped up in various guises and contexts recently and started to crystallise into something meaningful through some very helpful discussions with #LoveLD colleagues (particular thanks to @DanceswithCloud, @LeeFallin, @SandieDonnelly2 @kimshahabudin and @estebanrooney).

There has long been a streak of social justice in educational theory, questioning how the institutional structures of education might exclude or disadvantage students who lack the expected cultural, social and economic capital. The origins of Learning…

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