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Social Learning Systems and Communities of Practice

Blackmore, Chris ed. (2010). Social Learning Systems and Communities of Practice. Springer.

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Social Learning Systems and Communities of Practice is a collection of classical and contemporary writing associated with learning and systemic change in contexts ranging from cities, to rural development to education to nursing to water management to public policy. It is likely to be of interest to anyone trying to understand how to think systemically and to act and interact effectively in situations experienced as complex, messy and changing. While mainly concerned with professional praxis, where theory and practice inform each other, there is much here that can apply at a personal level.

This book offers conceptual tools and suggestions for new ways of being and acting in the world in relation to each other, that arise from both old and new understandings of communities, learning and systems. Starting with twentieth century insights into social learning, learning systems and appreciative systems from Donald Schön and Sir Geoffrey Vickers, the book goes on to consider the contemporary traditions of critical social learning systems and communities of practice, pioneered by Richard Bawden and Etienne Wenger and their colleagues. A synthesis of the ideas raised, written by the editor, concludes this reader. The theory and practice of social learning systems and communities of practice appear to have much to offer in influencing and managing systemic change for a better world.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Open University
ISBN: 1-84996-132-8, 978-1-84996-132-5
Extra Information: Introduction attached. Chapter 5 and Chapter 12 also available in this repository.
Keywords: appreciative systems; Bawden; communities of practice; critical social learning systems; learning systems; Schön; social learning; social learning systems; Vickers; Wenger
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
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Item ID: 22904
Depositing User: Colin Smith
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2010 13:34
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:48
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