Communities of Practice Learning, Meaning, and Identity

ISBN-10: 0521663636
ISBN-13: 9780521663632
Edition: 1999
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/28/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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.

John Seely Brown is Former Chief Scientist, Xerox Corp and former director of its Palo AltoResearch Center (PARC), and co-author of The Social Life of Information.

Prologue
Practice: Introduction I
Meaning
Community
Learning
Boundary
Locality
Knowing in practice
Identity: Introduction II
Identity in practice
Participation and non-participation
Modes of belonging
Identification and negotiability
Learning communities
Conclusion: Introduction III
Learning architectures
Organizations
Education
Epilogue

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