Revisiting learning communities: innovations in theory and practice

Yotam Hod, Katerine Bielaczyc, Dani Ben-Zvi

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Research on learning communities has been largely influenced by the sociocultural turn in educational scholarship approximately three decades ago. Here, we present a wider history of research and practice on learning communities as we revisit this highly generative and central topic in the learning sciences. Using this to frame our perspective, we examine several central themes in learning communities by comparing and contrasting four cutting-edge conceptions and innovations. We conclude by asking and providing preliminary answers to three key questions in scholarship on learning communities: (1) Where are the learning and instructional sciences going? (2) Where is education going? (3) Where is the world going? Altogether, this paper can serve as an orientation to the topic of learning communities as research and practice moves forward.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)489-506
Number of pages18
JournalInstructional Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2018


  • History
  • Humanistic
  • Learning communities
  • Learning sciences
  • Sociocultural
  • Sociopolitical
  • Spatial turn

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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