Communities of practice: Jean Lave and Étienne Wenger

David Gijbels*, Maaike Endedijk, Tim Hirschler

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During the past 10 years, the organisation has developed a very strong practice of self-organisation, which is fundamental for the healthcare professionals providing very high-level care, with both happy professionals and clients. This operating philosophy has enabled the organisation to keep caring for their clients well, and treating them like individuals, even in difficult times. Legitimate peripheral participation (LPP) means in other words that learning is seen as a situated activity in social practice. LPP is an analytical viewpoint on learning, a way of understanding learning. An important characteristic of such a community is its continual striving for new and better ways to work. This anticipatory learning is the very nature of the practice that determines full membership of such a community. The community creates the structure in which they engage in thinking together, and in this way share their tacit knowledge and insights on how to deal with everyday challenges in new ways of working (their practice).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheories of Workplace Learning in Changing Times
EditorsFilip Dochy, David Gijbels, Mien Segers, Piet Van den Bossche
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781000424751, 9781003187790
ISBN (Print)9781032035307
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2021


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