Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 27, 1991 - Education - 138 pages
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In this important theoretical treatise, Jean Lave, anthropologist, and Etienne Wenger, computer scientist, push forward the notion of situated learning--that learning is fundamentally a social process and not solely in the learner's head. The authors maintain that learning viewed as situated activity has as its central defining characteristic a process they call legitimate peripheral participation. Learners participate in communities of practitioners, moving toward full participation in the sociocultural practices of a community. Legitimate peripheral participation provides a way to speak about crucial relations between newcomers and oldtimers and about their activities, identities, artifacts, knowledge and practice. The communities discussed in the book are midwives, tailors, quartermasters, butchers, and recovering alcoholics, however, the process by which participants in those communities learn can be generalized to other social groups.
 

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This book is written very clearly and concisely. The examples they give provide a very good understanding between apprenticeship and legitimate peripheral participation. Good for students interesting in the learning sciences to help understand educational environments. Read full review

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In Medical Education "Apprenticeship Learning" is now a dirty word, which makes medical educationalist closes their ears to rational thinking. At last here is a combination of three words "Legitimate Peripheral Participation" that will allow medical learning to return to the workplace. Us real front line clinicians will quietly be saying to ourselves "this is apprenticeship learning". Buy the book at any cost. Even if you only read the Foreword it will be worth it. I have been using a new approach to quality and safety in healthcare using students to "Checklist" my ward round work. It is great for the patients, great for the student, great for my team, great for learning, and now I know what it is called it is "Situated Learning: legitimate peripheral participation!" 

Contents

SERIES FOREWORD
11
FOREWORD BY WILLIAM F HANKS
13
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
25
LEGITIMATE PERIPHERAL PARTICIPATION
27
FROM APPRENTICESHIP TO SITUATED LEARNING
32
FROM SITUATED LEARNING TO LEGITIMATE PERIPHERAL PARTICIPATION
34
AN ANALYTIC PERSPECTIVE ON LEARNING
37
WITH LEGITIMATE PERIPHERAL PARTICIPATION
39
THE APPRENTICESHIP OF YUCATEC MIDWIVES
67
THE APPRENTICESHIP OF VAI AND GOLA TAILORS
69
THE APPRENTICESHIP OF NAVAL QUARTERMASTERS
73
THE APPRENTICESHIP OF MEAT CUTTERS
76
THE APPRENTICESHIP OF NONDRINKING ALCOHOLICS
79
A NEW AGENDA
84
LEGITIMATE PERIPHERAL PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE
89
STRUCTURING RESOURCES FOR LEARNING IN PRACTICE
91

THE ORGANIZATION OF THIS MONOGRAPH
42
PRACTICE PERSON SOCIAL WORLD
45
INTERNALIZATION OF THE CULTURAL GIVEN
47
PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL PRACTICE
49
THE PERSON AND IDENTITY IN LEARNING
52
THE SOCIAL WORLD
54
MIDWIVES TAILORS QUARTERMASTERS BUTCHERS NONDRINKING ALCOHOLICS
59
THE CASE OF APPRENTICESHIP
62
FIVE STUDIES OF APPRENTICESHIP
65
PARTICIPATION LEARNING CURRICULA COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE
94
TRANSPARENCY AND SEQUESTRATION
100
DISCOURSE AND PRACTICE
105
EFFECTS OF PARTICIPATION
110
CONTINUITY AND DISPLACEMENT
113
CONCLUSION
119
REFERENCES
125
INDEX
131
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Jean Lave is Professor of Education and Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Cognition in Practice, coauthor of Understanding Practice and Situated Learning, and coeditor of History in Person.

Wenger-Institute for Research on Learning, Menlo Park

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