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Situated Learning : Legitimate Peripheral Participation - Jean Lave

Situated Learning

Legitimate Peripheral Participation

Hardcover Published: 31st August 2008
ISBN: 9780521413084
Number Of Pages: 140

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In this important theoretical treatise, Jean Lave, anthropologist, and Etienne Wenger, computer scientist, push forward the notion of situated learning--that learning is fundamentally a social process and not solely in the learner's head. The authors maintain that learning viewed as situated activity has as its central defining characteristic a process they call legitimate peripheral participation. Learners participate in communities of practitioners, moving toward full participation in the sociocultural practices of a community. Legitimate peripheral participation provides a way to speak about crucial relations between newcomers and oldtimers and about their activities, identities, artifacts, knowledge and practice. The communities discussed in the book are midwives, tailors, quartermasters, butchers, and recovering alcoholics, however, the process by which participants in those communities learn can be generalized to other social groups.

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"...is undoubtedly worth reading. Lave and Wenger present an interesting and strong position on issues which are of basic interest to practice theory in a broader sense, and not just issues on learning and apprenticeship." Carsten Osterlund, Nyhedsbrev

Legitimate peripheral participation
Practice, person, social world
Midwives, tailors, quartermasters, butchers, nondrinking alcoholics
Legitimate peripheral participation in communities of practice
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ISBN: 9780521413084
ISBN-10: 0521413087
Series: Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 31st August 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 16.18  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.35