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Communities of practice : learning, meaning, and identity

Author: Etienne Wenger
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, N.Y. : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Series: Learning in doing.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Communities of Practice presents a theory of learning that starts with this assumption: engagement in social practice is the fundamental process by which we learn and so become who we are. The primary unit of analysis of this process is neither the individual nor social institutions but rather the informal "communities of practice" that people form as they pursue shared enterprises over time. In order to give a  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Etienne Wenger
ISBN: 0521430178 9780521430173 0521663636 9780521663632
OCLC Number: 39666619
Description: xv, 318 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue: Contexts. Introduction: A social theory of learning --
Vignette I: Welcome to claims processing! --
Vignette II: The "C, F, and J" thing --
Coda 0: Understanding --
Practice. The concept of practice --
Meaning --
Community --
Learning --
Boundary --
Locality --
Coda I: Knowing in practice --
Identity. A focus on identity --
Identity in practice --
Participation and non-participation --
Modes of belonging --
Identification and negotiability --
Coda II: Learning communities --
Epilogue: Design. Synopsis: Design for learning --
Learning architectures --
Organizations --
Series Title: Learning in doing.
Other Titles: Learning, meaning, and identity
Responsibility: Etienne Wenger.
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This book presents a new social theory of learning. As learning becomes a topic of great urgency for nations, businesses, and schools, Communities of Practice presents a broad conceptual framework  Read more...


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'Wenger's book is stimulating, insightful, and challenging.' Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education "The terms of debate about 'knowledge management' and 'learning organizations' are slowly, and Read more...

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