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Situated Learning
Legitimate Peripheral Participation

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Part of Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives

  • Date Published: September 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521413084

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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

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    • Date Published: September 1991
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521413084
    • length: 140 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 162 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    1. Legitimate peripheral participation
    2. Practice, person, social world
    3. Midwives, tailors, quartermasters, butchers, non-drinking alcoholics
    4. Legitimate peripheral participation in communities of practice
    5. Conclusion
    References
    Index.

  • Authors

    Jean Lave

    Etienne Wenger

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