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This Handbook provides a state-of –the art overview of the field of workplace learning from a global perspective. The authors are all well-placed theoreticians, researchers, and practitioners in this burgeoning field , which cuts across higher education, vocational education and training, post-compulsory secondary schooling, and lifelong education. The volume provides a broad–based, yet incisive analysis of the range of theory, research, and practical developments in workplace learning. The SAGE Handbook of Workplace Learning draws together a wide range of views, theoretical dispositions, and assertions and provides a leading-edge presentation by key writers and researchers with insight into the field and its current state.

Learning in the Workplace: Communities of Practice and beyond
Learning in the workplace: Communities of practice and beyond
Introduction

The ideas and approaches to people learning to take their place in a workplace as a ‘fully fledged’ participant has been described and located, over the past two decades, as a process of joining a ‘community of practice’ (Lave and Wenger, 1991; Wenger, 1998; Wenger, 2000a, 2000b; Wenger et al., 2002). This terminology has become quite pervasive across the writing in the field of work and related learning (Eraut, 2002; Hodkinson and Hodkinson, 2004). The concept has, however, also been the subject of some critique and discussion (Fuller et al., 2005; Fuller, 2007). This chapter seeks to argue a case that while the concepts associated with ‘communities of ...

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