Bumblebees, transformers and other contemporary theories of learning

12 January 2021 - 12 January 2021
Bumblebees, transformers and other contemporary theories of learning

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ASMEBITESIZE: Bumblebees, transformers and other contemporary theories of learning
Tuesday 12th January 2021, 13:00 GMT 

This session was run by Dr Miriam Leach and ASME host Michael Atkinson (MiME SIG Chair) as an interactive workshop exploring contemporary learning theory; communities of practice, transformational learning and activity theory. The “why, if and how” these theories might be translated into our medical education practice.

The session was a fully interactive seminar which explored the key topics and challenges including discussing the key elements of contemporary theories of learning in breakout groups: 

  • R Kegan's Transformative learning
  • The communities of inquiry theory
  • Lave and Wenger's Communities of practice (bumblebees)

To access the follow up resources please click on the links below:

Keywords Document - including theory references

Padlet Tool PDF 


Dr Miriam Leach

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Miriam is an early career educator and paediatric specialty doctor working in the North West of England. She works part time with Health Education England delivering medical education training to foundation doctors in her region. She is currently studying for her masters in medical education with University College London. She is interested in how we build learning communities in healthcare and is developing an online interprofessional community forum for early career educators: Https://www.whatsbroughtyouheretoday.com

ASME Host: Dr Michael Atkinson

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Michael is currently a Lecturer in Medical Education and Mindfulness Teacher at Newcastle University where he teaches the 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme alongside regular drop-in sessions for students and staff, and where he also conducts research into mindfulness and resilience and mindfulness and clinical-decision-making. With over 20 years of experience in mindfulness meditation he has taught mindfulness in a range of public and private contexts including local and national conferences and events; Further and Higher Education institutions; health-care settings, and one-to-one. He has collaborated with a range of mental health and mindfulness practitioners such as Dr Zoe Williams (resident GP on ITV's Good Morning Britain) and features regularly on Radio Tyneside's morning programme with 'Morning Mindfulness'. He has a degree in Philosophy, a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training, a Masters in Education, and is as a Senior Fellow with Advance-HE. He lives in Tynemouth in the North-East of England with his family.