Communities of Practice

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Communities of Practice

By Etienne Wenger

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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.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Psychology -> Social Psychology

Communities of Practice
Learning, Meaning, and Identity
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 9/28/99
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 1107263670
ISBN 13: 9781107263673
Print ISBN: 9780521663632

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