Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity

Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity

Paperback Learning in Doing

By (author) Etienne Wenger, Series edited by Roy Pea, Series edited by John Seely Brown, Series edited by Christian Heath

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 20mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 28 September 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521663636
  • ISBN 13: 9780521663632
  • Edition statement: Pbk.
  • Illustrations note: 13 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 37,395

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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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'Wenger's book is stimulating, insightful, and challenging.' Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education

Table of contents

Prologue; Part I. Practice: Introduction I; 1. Meaning; 2. Community; 3. Learning; 4. Boundary; 5. Locality; Coda I. Knowing in practice; Part II. Identity: Introduction II; 6. Identity in practice; 7. Participation and non-participation; 8. Modes of belonging; 9. Identification and negotiability; Coda II. Learning communities; Conclusion: Introduction III; 10. Learning architectures; 11. Organizations; 12. Education; Epilogue.