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Colloquium - Eberle

Learning as Participation -- A Closer Look at Legitimate Peripheral Participation in Communities of Practice
Julia Eberle
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
10/13/2010
11:30am-1:00pm

In the last couple of years a new understanding of learning -- compared to the traditional idea of learning as individual acquisition of competencies, knowledge or skills -- has been developed: Learning as a process of legitimate peripheral participation in communities of practice. This is a promising addition to the traditional concept of learning as it can help e.g. to develop a more democratic view on learning. But the new concept is still not fully developed and described from the theoretical side and empirical investigation is needed as well.

To narrow that gap three studies in different types of communities are currently conducted that aim to investigate the nature of legitimate peripheral participation. First results of these ongoing studies will be presented. In these studies social network analysis is used to measure and visualize the learning process in (a) student associations, (b) an interdisciplinary network of researchers on technology-enhanced learning and (c) a mailing list of PHP programmers.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

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