RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 23287084 LA English T1 Situated learning : legitimate peripheral participation A1 Lave, Jean., Wenger, Etienne,, PB Cambridge University Press PP Cambridge [England]; New York YR 1991 SN 0521413087 9780521413084 0521423740 9780521423748 AB Publisher's description: In this important theoretical treatise, Jean Lave, anthropologist, and Etienne Wenger, computer scientist, push forward the notion of situated learning--that learning is fundamentally a social process and not solely in the learner's head. The authors maintain that learning viewed as situated activity has as its central defining characteristic a process they call legitimate peripheral participation. Learners participate in communities of practitioners, moving toward full participation in the sociocultural practices of a community. Legitimate peripheral participation provides a way to speak about crucial relations between newcomers and oldtimers and about their activities, identities, artifacts, knowledge and practice. The communities discussed in the book are midwives, tailors, quartermasters, butchers, and recovering alcoholics, however, the process by which participants in those communities learn can be generalized to other social groups.