Because schools are not the only institutions in which learning takes place, a new report examines what is distinctive about the quality of learning in “not-school” settings, such as summer camps, music lessons, and home activities. The report was published by the MacArthur-supported Digital Media & Learning Research Hub, based at the University of California, Irvine. Learning at Not-School reviews organizations and institutions that have developed parallel to public school and have emerged as complements, supplements, or attempts to remediate the alleged shortcomings of schools. The report finds that “not-school” learning environments differ from formal institutions in meaningful ways, including emphasis on the development of interpersonal skills.
Digital Media & Learning
MacArthur is exploring how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. The goal is to make education more powerful for all students by creating more opportunities for more youth to engage in learning that is relevant to their lives and prepares them for success in school, the workplace, and their community.