Synopses & Reviews
Learning 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.
"The terms of debate about 'knowledge management' and 'learning organizations' are slowly, and finally turning from issues of information and technology to those of human capabilities and the sources of motivation, creativity, and problem-solving skills that create real value in the new economy. Wenger is light years ahead in understanding those sources, and the critical importance of informal communities and 'social learning' in fostering them." Phillip Brook Manville, Partner, McKinsey & Co.
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 for thinking about learning as a process of social participation.
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.