Including the missing subject: Placing the personal within the community

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Title Including the missing subject: Placing the personal within the community
Author Billett, Stephen Richard
Book Title Communities of practice: Critical perspectives
Editor Jason Hughes, Nick Jewson and lorna Unwin
Year Published 2007
Place of publication London
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This chapter proposes that the key and lasting contribution of Lave and Wenger's book on situated learning is not the concept of community practice. Instead, it is their consideration of the personal within the social and the relational nature of learning through participation in the social (community) of practice that stands as its most salient legacy. In particular, in contrast to contemporaneous theories (e.g. activity systems, distributed cognition), Situated Learning explicitly identified a central and agentic place for the person in theorising about social bases of learning. It is these considerations of the person and personal and their agentic qualities that serves to advance theories of human learning, and understanding relations between individual and social. In particular, it provides a premise to elaborate how participation in activities, many of which are socially-derived and shaped, and learning is interdependent and relational. This contribution is discussed through a discussion of individuals' learning through and for work as informed by studies of participation in work and working life. It also reflects the author's personal trajectory in theorising about learning vocational knowledge through work activities.
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Chapter Number 5
Page from 55
Page to 67
ISBN 0-415-3674-4
Date Accessioned 2007-12-05
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Curriculum Studies
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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