Theory-Generating Practice: Proposing a principle for learning design


  • Mie Buhl Aalborg Universitet



Learning Design, didactics, technology, tacit knowledge, art education


This contribution proposes a principle for learning design: Theory-Generating Practice (TGP) as an alternative to the way university courses often are taught and structured with a series of theoretical lectures separate from practical experience and concluding with an exam or a project. The aim is to contribute to a development of theoretical frameworks for learning designs by suggesting TGP which may lead to new practices and turn the traditional dramaturgy for teaching upside down. TGP focuses on embodied experience prior to text reading and lectures to enhance theoretical knowledge building and takes tacit knowledge into account. The article introduces TGP and contextualizes it to a Danish tradition of didactics as well as discusses it in relation to contemporary conceptual currents of didactic design and learning design. This is followed by a theoretical framing of TGP, and is discussed through three empirical examples from bachelor and master programs involving technology, and showing three ways of practicing it.


Mie Buhl, Aalborg Universitet

Professor, leder af Komunikation, It og LæringsDesign (KILD) og forskningslab ILD, Institut for Kommunikation





Buhl, M. (2016). Theory-Generating Practice: Proposing a principle for learning design. Tidsskriftet Læring Og Medier (LOM), 9(15).