Learning for a Small Planet

Watch an expert lecture on dynamic communities of practice Author, consultant and visiting lecturer to the University of Manchester, Professor Etienne Wenger is a leading expert on communities of practice. His keynote lecture to PGCE students, entitled Learning for a Small Planet, incorporates his theory of communities of practice. He starts the lecture using bibliographic analogies to discuss the nature of learning and learning institutions and to illustrate how learning should not be restricted to the traditional four walls of the classroom where education is separated from business and civic domains. Instead, he advocates it should be a lifelong exploration through myriad experiences – learning should be understood in the context of multi-scale social systems which are dynamic communities of practice and through which learning shapes learners’ identities as life trajectories of multimembership.

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