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Reflections on communities of practice, on-line learning and transformation: teachers, lecturers and trainers

Avis, James and Fisher, Roy (2006) Reflections on communities of practice, on-line learning and transformation: teachers, lecturers and trainers. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 11 (2). pp. 141-151. ISSN 1359-6748

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Engagement in communities of practice has increasingly come to be seen as an important aspect of adult learning. Participation within such communities is thought to provide a dialogic space in which learning can take place. These ideas are increasingly being applied to the work of teachers, lecturers, and trainers. This reflective paper addresses a number of issues: firstly, it locates communities of practice within a discussion of situated cognition and 'mode 2 knowledge'. This is followed by an engagement with Lave and Wenger's notion of communities of practice and situated learning. There is an affinity between these ideas and those developed by David Hargreaves, particularly his discussion of on-line learning communities and 'teacher tinkering'. In a number of respects these arguments are couched in overly optimistic and progressive terms. The concluding section seeks to raise a note of caution, considering the limits and possibilities of the previous arguments for the development of progressive and transformative educational practices, with the application of Gramscian ideas that call for the wider politicisation of practical education

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: education; on-line learning; teachers; lecturers; trainers
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
L Education > L Education (General)
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Policy Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Teaching, Public Pedagogies and Professionalism Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
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