What is a learning town? Reflections on the experience at Wirksworth

Wiltshier, Peter (2017) What is a learning town? Reflections on the experience at Wirksworth. TeMA Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 10 (3). pp. 339-353. ISSN 1970-9870

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This paper explores the legacy of regeneration project work and knowledge management and transfer. A university intervention was undertaken with a regeneration charity designed to support new business opportunities, specifically in arts and entertainment, tourism, skills development and training. As part of the University of Derby’s own work-related learning and problem-based learning, a project team was assigned to work alongside the charity ‘New Opportunities in Wirksworth!’ (NOW!). The knowledge exchange, the new learning acquired at Wirksworth is viewed from the perspective of the public sector organisations, the private sector organisations engaged at the destination and the university. The results of the knowledge transfer (KT) are analysed from these three perspectives; the businesses, local government and educators. A participant observation, action research approach has been used to elicit and analyse the knowledge transfer, both explicit and implicit. Staff and students from the University of Derby have been contracted to research development specifically in festival supply and visitor demand, the attractiveness of the destination and its key features the market, mining heritage and volunteer railway. Staff and students also committed to an events strategy, marketing the destination and finance for start-ups. Key stakeholders have reflected on a decade of achievements and both fails and success stories. Through the KT process agendas for the future have been identified and the project NOW! Has a legacy of both tacit and explicit knowledge for the benefit of other communities. There is an ongoing desire to explore how both public and private sectors can benefit from knowledge sharing and to benefit ongoing problem-based learning in education and training through university based open-access library resources.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge transfer, repository, university, learning, stakeholder, tourism
Subjects: 700 Arti, Belle arti e Arti decorative > 710 Urbanistica e paesistica > 711 Urbanistica (Pianificazione territoriale) (Classificare le opere d'insieme su Urbanistica e Architettura in 720; classificare le opere interdisciplinari sull'Urbanistica in 307.12)
Depositing User: Rosa Anna La Rocca
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2018 11:05
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2018 11:05
URI: http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/id/eprint/17037

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