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Family Learning

When considering the learning that occurs within and across family members and their learning environment, the focus shifts from the individual learner to the social learning context of the group as a whole. This perspective often takes account of the roles individual participants play with respect to group activity, yet characterizes the learning that may be taking place as fundamentally collaborative between children and significant adults in their lives. As families learn, they necessarily bring to the learning context past experiences, systems of shared beliefs and values, and practiced methods of communication and cooperation. Individual family members may also bring multiple or conflicting motivations or agendas, or the cognitive, affective, and social expectations and goals each seeks to pursue through participation.

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