Etienne Wenger-Trayner - Manchester Business School

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Learning in and across
landscapes of practice
bodies of knowledge, knowledgeability, and identity
Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner
Etienne Wenger-Trayner
Manchester Business School
March 6, 2012
A social theory of learning
some key concepts
Where do we
belong?
community
Who are we
becoming?
practice
learning
identity
What are we
doing?
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meaning
What is our
experience?
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Learning as a social process
realignment of competence and experience
socially defined
competence
personal experience
learning
key
processes
Reflect and
self-design
Domain
Bring practice in
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Learning
partnership
Community
Practice
Create selfrepresentation
Push practice
forward
The birth of a theory
innovation at boundaries
Subject matters
Rethink
learning
Literary criticism
Psychology
Anthropology
Education
Computer science
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Linguistics
Innovation at boundaries
key ingredients
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committed experts
willingness to engage
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joint enterprise
boundary activities
methods close to phenomenon
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committed newcomers
available identity
institutional commitment to innovation
commitment to real-world projects
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A body of knowledge
the curriculum
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Landscapes of practice
a social body of knowledge
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Geographies of competence
economies of meaning, locality, and power
local
no subsumption
territorial claims
influence
Vertical accountability…
Vertical and horizontal
accountability
 Hierarchy
 Institutionalized accountability
 Evidence-based prescription
 Codification and regulation
 Standards of qualification
the need for transversality
Transversal accounts
through…
 People
 Processes and practices
 Objects
Horizontal
accountability…
 Communities and networks
 Peer-to-peer learning
 Personal meaning
 Engagement and creativity
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CoP
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Knowledgeability
negotiating identity in a complex landscape
Knowledgeability
negotiating identity in a complex landscape
Training
Profession
al
body
Research
discipline
1
Research
discipline
2
Regulator
y body
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Workplace
Alumni
Client
Knowledgeability
negotiating identity in a complex landscape
Training
Profession
al
body
Research
discipline
1
Research
discipline
2
Regulator
y body
Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner
Workplace
Alumni
Client
Knowledgeability
negotiating identity in a complex landscape
Informal
curriculum
s
Wikipedia
Institutes
Training
NGO’s
Profession
al
body
Research
discipline 1
Regulatory
body
Bloggers
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Google
Research
discipline 2
Alumni
Workplace
Client
Communities
of practice
Informal
communiti
es
Twitter
Personal
networks
Knowledgeability
the modulation of identification
An increasingly complex landscape entails a shift
in the burden of identity from the community to
the person
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Thank you!
Etienne Wenger-Trayner
[email protected]
http://wenger-trayner.com
Workshop: http://wenger-trayner.com/betreat

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