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Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice
Learning, Meaning, and Identity



Part of Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives

  • Date Published: January 2000
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521663632

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  • This 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.

    • New theory of learning
    • Intended for both academic and professional audiences
    • Relevant to academia, business, education, and government
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    'Wenger's book is stimulating, insightful, and challenging.' Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521663632
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.481kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Practice: Introduction I
    1. Meaning
    2. Community
    3. Learning
    4. Boundary
    5. Locality
    Coda I. Knowing in practice
    Part II. Identity: Introduction II
    6. Identity in practice
    7. Participation and non-participation
    8. Modes of belonging
    9. Identification and negotiability
    Coda II. Learning communities
    Conclusion: Introduction III
    10. Learning architectures
    11. Organizations
    12. Education

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Adult/ Continuing Education
    • Contexts of Ministry
    • Facilitating Student Learning in Higher Education
    • Field Practice Seminar
    • Improvisational Leadership for Transformation
    • Organizational Communication
    • Seminar in Art Education
  • Author

    Etienne Wenger

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