Communities of Practice
Learning, Meaning, and Identity
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Communities of Practice by Etienne Wenger
Book DescriptionThis book presents a theory of learning that starts with the assumption that engagement in social practice is the fundamental process by which we get to know what we know and by which we become who we are. The primary unit of analysis of this process is neither the individual nor social institutions, but the informal 'communities of practice' that people form as they pursue shared enterprises over time. To give a social account of learning, the theory explores in a systematic way the intersection of issues of community, social practice, meaning, and identity. The result is a broad framework for thinking about learning as a process of social participation. This ambitious but thoroughly accessible framework has relevance for the practitioner as well as the theoretician, presented with all the breadth, depth, and rigor necessary to address such a complex and yet profoundly human topic.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521663632
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Etienne Wenger
Cultivating Communities of Practice, Hardback (January 2002)
Argues that while communities form naturally, organizations need to become more proactive and systematic about developing and integrating them into their strategy. This book provides practical models and methods for stewarding these communities to reach their full potential - without squelching the inner drive that makes them so valuable.
Situated Learning, Hardback (September 1991)» View all books by Etienne Wenger
In this important theoretical treatist, the authors push forward the notion of situated learning - that learning is fundamentally a social process.
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