A constructive critique of communities of practice: moving beyond Lave and Wenger


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Author: Hodkinson, Phil; Hodkinson, Heather

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University of Technology, Sydney. Australian Centre for Organisational, Vocational and Adult Learning (OVAL Research)


In this paper, the authors argue that although Lave and Wenger’s (1991) seminal work on learning remains key to an understanding of learning, there is a need to rework and extend it, to address some of the major challenges faced by the workplace learning literature and some gaps and weaknesses in the original work that have not, in their view, been dealt with in Wenger’s subsequent work. In presenting what they hope is a constructive critique, the authors focus on the concept of communities of practice and briefly examine ‘legitimate peripheral participation’, which had greater...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Communities of practice; Teaching and learning; Workforce development; Participation; Culture and society

Keywords: Learning process; Individual development; Workplace learning; Off the job training; Social participation; Social aspects

Published: [Sydney, New South Wales]: OVAL Research, 2004

Physical description: 15 p.

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Conference name: OVAL Research Seminar

Date: 11 May 2004

Place: Sydney, New South Wales

ISBN: 1920698957

Statement of responsibility: Phil Hodkinson and Heather Hodkinson

On cover: Seminar paper presented at ‘Integrating work and learning - contemporary issues’ seminar series 2004, 11th May

Resource type: Conference

Document number: TD/TNC 81.427

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