Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity by Etienne Wenger

By Etienne Wenger

Studying is turning into an pressing subject. international locations fear in regards to the studying in their electorate, businesses in regards to the studying in their employees, faculties concerning the studying in their scholars. however it isn't really continuously effortless to contemplate tips on how to foster studying in leading edge methods. This publication offers a framework for doing that, with a social concept of studying that's ground-breaking but available, with profound implications not just for study, but in addition for all those that need to foster studying as a part of their tasks at paintings, at domestic, in class.

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1 then talk about relations among communities of practice in the last two chapters. • Practice as meaning. Chapter 1 sets the stage conceptually by arguing that the social production of meaning is the relevant level of analysis for talking about practice. In making that argument, 1 will introduce three basic concepts - negotiation of meaning, participation, and reification- that will serve as a foundation, not only for Part 1, but for the whole book. • Practice as communi~y. Chapter 2 defines the concept of community of practice by talking about practice as the source of coherence of a community.

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