Communities of Practice Learning, Meaning, and Identity
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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/28/1999
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
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.
|Practice: Introduction I|
|Knowing in practice|
|Identity: Introduction II|
|Identity in practice|
|Participation and non-participation|
|Modes of belonging|
|Identification and negotiability|
|Conclusion: Introduction III|