Social Learning Systems and Communities of Practice

Author: Chris Blackmore

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781849961332

Category: Computers

Page: 247

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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.
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Communities of Practice

Learning, Meaning, and Identity

Author: Etienne Wenger

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521663632

Category: Psychology

Page: 318

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Learning is becoming an urgent topic. Nations worry about the learning of their citizens, companies about the learning of their workers, schools about the learning of their students. But it is not always easy to think about how to foster learning in innovative ways. This book presents a framework for doing that, with a social theory of learning that is ground-breaking yet accessible, with profound implications not only for research, but also for all those who have to foster learning as part of their responsibilites at work, at home, at school.
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Learning for Sustainability in Times of Accelerating Change

Author: Arjen E. J. Wals,Peter Blaze Corcoran

Publisher: Wageningen Academic Pub

ISBN: 9086862039

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 549

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We live in turbulent times, our world is changing at accelerating speed. Information is everywhere, but wisdom appears in short supply when trying to address key inter-related challenges of our time such as; runaway climate change, the loss of biodiversity, the depletion of natural resources, the on-going homogenization of culture, and rising inequity. Living in such times has implications for education and learning. This book explores the possibilities of designing and facilitating learning-based change and transitions towards sustainability. In 31 chapters contributors from across the world discuss (re)emerging forms of learning that not only assist in breaking down unsustainable routines, forms of governance, production and consumption, but also can help create ones that are more sustainable. The book has been divided into three parts: re-orienting science and society, re-connecting people and planet and re-imagining education and learning. This is essential reading for educators, educational designers, change agents, researchers, students, policy makers and entrepreneurs alike, who are concerned about the well-being of the planet and convinced of our ability to do better.
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Supporting Lifelong Learning: Organising learning

Author: Roger Harrison,Fiona Reeve,Marion Cartwright,Richard Edwards

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415259286

Category: Education

Page: 218

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This Reader examines the ways in which learning is organized in a diverse range of lifelong learning environments. If we are to harness the full potential of this learning, the structures of organizations and providers will have to change. The book also examines the shift away from the perception of formal institutions as the sole providers of education and the increasing recognition of the learning opportunities which exist outside the walls of institutions. The book looks at what types of environment promote lifelong learning, how they can be organised to support meaningful learning and what the implications are for managers. Supporting Lifelong Learning Volume II: Organising Learningalso looks at the implications of wider concepts of the learning city, learning region and the learning society in a fresh and accessible text with a uniquely international dimension.
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How Organizations Learn

Managing the Search for Knowledge

Author: Ken Starkey,Sue Tempest,Alan McKinlay

Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA

ISBN: 9781861527462

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 618

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Organizational learning, the examination of how organizations learn as groups rather than as individuals, is a fast growing area of interest, and is now considered an essential factor in business success. This new edition of an already popular text critically examines traditional assumptions about organization and strategy, providing key readings by renowned international authors to help the reader understand and manage the challenge of organizational learning. How Organizations Learn links the two key concepts of leadership and the learning organization in this text, bringing together the key theories and suggesting new directions for studying and managing organizations. The choice of readings highlights the potential synergy between leading and learning, and how organizational structure and management processes impact upon learning, and includes work by numerous key academics. This will be a core text for courses in Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management at advanced undergraduate, MBA and executive training level, and a supplementary text for courses in Strategic Management, HRM and OB.
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Supporting Lifelong Learning

Volume II: Organising Learning

Author: Marion Cartwright,Richard Edwards,Fiona Reeve

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134512511

Category: Education

Page: 232

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This Reader examines the ways in which learning is organized in a diverse range of lifelong learning environments. If we are to harness the full potential of this learning, the structures of organizations and providers will have to change. The book also examines the shift away from the perception of formal institutions as the sole providers of education and the increasing recognition of the learning opportunities which exist outside the walls of institutions. The book looks at what types of environment promote lifelong learning, how they can be organised to support meaningful learning and what the implications are for managers. Supporting Lifelong Learning Volume II: Organising Learning also looks at the implications of wider concepts of the learning city, learning region and the learning society in a fresh and accessible text with a uniquely international dimension.
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Digital Habitats

Stewarding Technology for Communities

Author: Etienne Wenger,Nancy White,John D. Smith

Publisher: CPsquare

ISBN: 0982503601

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 227

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Technology has changed what it means for communities to "be together." Digital tools are now part of most communities' habitats. This book develops a new literacy and language to describe the practice of stewarding technology for communities. Whether you want to ground your technology stewardship in theory and deepen your practice, whether you are a community leader or sponsor who wants to understand how communities and technology intersect, or whether you just want practical advice, this is the book for you.
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Gamestorming

Author: Dave Gray

Publisher: O'Reilly Media

ISBN: 3868992014

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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Viele erfolgreiche Unternehmen zeichnen sich durch große Innovationsfreudigkeit und Kreativität aus. Doch wie gelingt ihnen das? Wie entstehen überhaupt innovative Ideen? Wie löst man sich von alten Mustern, um wirklich Neues zu entwickeln? Gamestorming hat Antworten auf diese Fragen und beweist, dass man nicht hexen muss, um kreativ zu sein - sondern spielen! Die Autoren haben 80 Spiele zusammengetragen, mit denen Sie und Ihr Team es schaffen, Denkblockaden zu überwinden, besser zu kommunizieren und zu neuen Erkenntnissen zu gelangen. Aus dem Inhalt: Konflikte überwinden und das Engagement der Mitarbeiter steigern Zusammenarbeit und Kommunikation optimieren Das Verständnis von Kunden- und User-Experience verbessern Bessere Ideen entwickeln - und das schneller als je zuvor Meetings verkürzen und produktiver gestalten Komplexe Systeme und Dynamiken erkunden Die Wurzel eines Problems erkennen und einen Weg zur Lösung finden
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Die fünfte Disziplin

Kunst und Praxis der lernenden Organisation

Author: Peter M. Senge

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783791040301

Category:

Page: 498

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Online Distance Education

Towards a Research Agenda

Author: Olaf Zawacki-Richter,Terry Anderson

Publisher: Athabasca University Press

ISBN: 1927356628

Category: Education

Page: 520

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Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda offers a systematic overview of the major issues, trends, and areas of priority in online distance education research. In each chapter, an international expert or team of experts provides an overview of one timely issue in online distance education, summarizing major research on the topic, discussing theoretical insights that guide the research, posing questions and directions for future research, and discussing the implications for distance education practice as a whole. Intended as a primary reference and guide for distance educators, researchers, and policymakers, Online Distance Education addresses aspects of distance education practice that have often been marginalized, including issues of cost and economics, concerns surrounding social justice, cultural bias, the need for faculty professional development, and the management and growth of learner communities. At once soundly empirical and thoughtfully reflective, yet also forward-looking and open to new approaches to online and distance teaching, this text is a solid resource for researchers in a rapidly expanding discipline.
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Technology-Enhanced Professional Learning

Processes, Practices, and Tools

Author: Allison Littlejohn,Anoush Margaryan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135011133

Category: Education

Page: 208

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Technology-Enhanced Professional Learning addresses the need for continuous workplace learning that derives from the emergence of new, specialized, and constantly changing work practices. While continuous learning is fundamental to enabling individuals to function in and productively shape contemporary workplaces, digital technology is increasingly central to productive workplace practice. By examining the intersection of human learning processes, emergent work practices, and patterns of use of digital technology to support learning and work, this edited collection brings the disparate fields of professional learning and technology-enhanced learning together to advance theory and practice in both realms.
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Linking social capital to knowledge productivity

An explorative study on the relationship between social capital and learning in knowledge productive networks

Author: S. M de Jong

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9031382094

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

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Linking social capital to knowledge productivity
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Transforming Learning in Schools and Communities

The Remaking of Education for a Cosmopolitan Society

Author: Bob Lingard,Jon Nixon,Stewart Ranson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441165428

Category: Education

Page: 356

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Many educators have been looking for a fundamentally different approach to engage young people and encourage progress in learning. Supported by recent public policy developments, a transformation is beginning to take place in the practice of many schools. The focus of learning is shifting away from the child as an individual in a classroom detached from the surrounding neighbourhood to a learning community that embraces carers and families as well as young people and teachers. This monograph analyses the organising principles of this cultural transformation and considers how it will shape learning in schools and communities throughout the world. The book brings together key thinkers from the fields of new learning, new communities of educational practice and new forms of educational governance. Arguing for the necessary interconnectedness of pedagogy, institutions and governance, this ground-breaking book will undoubtedly shape the policy agenda in this area for years to come.
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Communities of Practice

Facilitating Social Learning in Higher Education

Author: Jacquie McDonald,Aileen Cater-Steel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9811028796

Category: Education

Page: 622

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In this book about communities of practice in the international, higher education sector, the authors articulate the theoretical foundations of communities of practice (CoPs), research into their application in higher education, leadership roles and how CoPs sustain and support professional learning. Research demonstrates that communities of practice build professional and personal links both within and across faculty, student services and administrative and support units. This book describes how community of practice members may be physically co-located and how social media can be used to connect members across geographically diverse locations. It positions higher education communities of practice within the broader community of practice and social learning literature, and articulates the importance of community of practice leadership roles, and the growing focus on the use of social media for community of practice implementation. The multiple perspectives provide higher education leaders, academic and professional staff with the means to establish, or reflect on existing CoPs, by sharing insights and critical reflections on their implementation strategies, practical guidelines and ideas on how community of practice’s theoretical underpinnings can be tailored to the higher education context.
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Learning in School-University Partnership

Sociocultural Perspectives

Author: Amy B.M. Tsui,Gwyn Edwards,Fran Lopez-Real,Tammy Kwan,Doris Law,Philip Stimpson,Rosina Tang,Albert Wong

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135604754

Category: Education

Page: 200

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This volume looks at school-university partnerships from sociocultural perspectives of learning that view participation in social practice as fundamental to the process of learning. Its two major themes – school-university partnership and sociocultural and social theories of learning – have both been treated extensively in the literature. It is the bringing together of these two themes that makes this book unique. In this examination of an evolving model of school-university partnership, the Unified Professional Development Project in Hong Kong, the authors analyze the learning that takes place as the participants (student-teachers, mentor teachers, and university supervisors) mutually engage in the enterprise of improving teaching and learning in schools, developing shared practices, and creating new communities of practice. Although it describes one specific context, the book is not just about this locale. Rather, the Unified Professional Development Project is used as a context for theorizing more generally a social theory of learning for school-university partnerships that is relevant to any other similar context. This book will interest teacher educators, researchers in teacher education and teacher development, policy makers, and school practitioners who are involved in school-university partnerships.
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Wie kleine Kinder schlau werden

selbständiges Lernen im Alltag

Author: John Caldwell Holt

Publisher: Beltz

ISBN: 9783407228550

Category:

Page: 232

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Ausgehend von der Beobachtung des kindlichen Spielens erläutert der Autor, wie Kinder denken und lernen.
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