Beyond the learning region: A new direction for conceptualizing the relation between space and learning

R.P.J.H. Rutten, F.W.M. Boekema

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Abstract

The learning region has been unsuccessful in delivering its main ambition of conceptualizing the relation between space and learning. Taking the region as the level of analysis biased the learning region towards learning in regional networks up to the point where it conflates regions with networks. As learning is a process of social interaction between individuals, innovation networks of individuals are suggested as the alternate level of analysis. The spatial dimension of innovation networks is two-fold. Their reach may vary between the local and the global. Second, regional social capital and norms and values affect learning as they are brought into the networks by spatially sticky individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)722-734
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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In: European Planning Studies, Vol. 21, No. 5, 2013, p. 722-734.

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