Prologue; Part I. Practice: Introduction I; 1. Meaning; 2. Community; 3. Learning; 4. Boundary; 5. Locality; Coda I. Knowing in practice; Part II. Identity: Introduction II; 6. Identity in practice; 7. Participation and non-participation; 8. Modes of belonging; 9. Identification and negotiability; Coda II. Learning communities; Conclusion: Introduction III; 10. Learning architectures; 11. Organizations; 12. Education; Epilogue.
Presents a broad conceptual framework for thinking about learning as a process of social participation.
'Wenger's book is stimulating, insightful, and challenging.'
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"The terms of debate about 'knowledge management' and 'learning organizations' are slowly, and finally turning from issues of information and technology to those of human capabilities and the sources of motivation, creativity, and problem-solving skills that create real value in the new economy. Wenger is light years ahead in understanding those sources, and the critical importance of informal communities and 'social learning' in fostering them." Phillip Brook Manville, Partner, McKinsey & Co.