Daily Bookmarks 06/17/2009

  • Introduction to communities of practice by Etienne Wenger

    tags: community, education, plc

    • Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.
    • The perspective of communities of practice affects educational practices along three dimensions:
      • Internally: How to organize educational experiences that ground school learning in practice through participation in communities around subject matters?
      • Externally: How to connect the experience of students to actual practice through peripheral forms of participation in broader communities beyond the walls of the school?
      • Over the lifetime of students: How to serve the lifelong learning needs of students by organizing communities of practice focused on topics of continuing interest to students beyond the initial schooling period?
  • From this perspective, the school is not the privileged locus of learning. It is not a self-contained, closed world in which students acquire knowledge to be applied outside, but a part of a broader learning system.
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