Wenger communities of practice learning meaning and identity
Communities of Practice by Etienne WengerLearning is becoming an urgent topic. Nations worry about the learning of their citizens, companies about the learning of their workers, schools about the learning of their students. But it is not always easy to think about how to foster learning in innovative ways. This book presents a framework for doing that, with a social theory of learning that is ground-breaking yet accessible, with profound implications not only for research, but also for all those who have to foster learning as part of their responsibilites at work, at home, at school.
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Communities of Practice
Y ou are a claims processor working for a large insurance company. You are good at what you do, but although you know where your paycheck comes from, the corporation remains mostly an abstraction for you. The group you actually work for is a small community of people who share your working conditions. It is with this group that you learn the intricacies of your job, explore the meaning of your work, construct an image of the company, and develop a sense of yourself as a worker. You are an engineer working on two projects within your business unit. These are demanding projects, and you give them your best. You respect your teammates and are accountable to your project managers.
A social systems view on learning: communities of practice as social learning Learning, Meaning and Identity (New York: Cambridge University Press, ).
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