Beyond Communities of Practice: Language Power and Social Context

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David Barton, Karin Tusting
Cambridge University Press, 2005. okt. 3. - 243 oldal
The concept of "communities of practice" (Lave and Wenger 1991, Wenger 1998) has become influential in education, management, and social sciences in recent years. This volume emphasizes the significance of language, power, and social context in understanding how communities of practice work. Domains of empirical research reported include schools, police stations, adult basic education, higher education and multilingual settings. The relationship between communities of practice and literacy studies, critical language studies, the ethnography of communication, socio-cultural activity theory, and sociological theories of risk is also evaluated.

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1 Literacy Reification and the Dynamics of Social Interaction
2 Language and Power in Communities of Practice
What Speech Communities and Communities of Practice Can Tel
Language Sharing and Communities of Practice in an Institutional Setting
Negotiating the Experience of Self
Do Bilingual Coworkers Learn in Community?
7 Moving Beyond Communities of Practice in Adult Basic Education
Useful Heuristic or Educational Model?
9 Communities of Practice Risk and Sellafield
From The Age of Mythology to Todays Schools
Author Index
Subject Index

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David Barton is Professor of Language and Literacy in the Department of Linguistics at Lancaster University. He is Director of the Lancaster Literacy Research Centre. His main work has been concerned with carrying out detailed studies of literacy practices in different domains of life and with rethinking the nature of literacy in contemporary society.

Karin Tusting is a Research Associate at the Literacy Research Centre at Lancaster University. She is currently working on the Adult Learners Lives project, an ethnography study of the relationship between learning and other aspects of people lives, working with adult literacy, numeracy, and ESOL learners.

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