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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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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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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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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