Learning and the learner: Exploring learning for new times is a collaboration emerging from the Faculty of Education in the University of Wollongong. It is the outcome of an international workshop held in September 2004 involving researchers from Australia and overseas. The workshop was funded and staged by the Faculty of Education as part of the activities of the research group termed Learning and the Learner. This book has emerged from this workshop and the subsequent exchanges and interactions that arose from the workshop and this book is an exploration of the questions about the nature and character of learning in contemporary times. The contributions in this book are critically engaging contemporary questions about learning and the learner. These questions have shaped and will continue to shape learning in schools, universities, colleges, work places and in communities, villages and towns across the globe in diverse settings and involving peoples from diverse backgrounds, cultures, languages, experiences, ambitions and needs.