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ERIC Number: ED377220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 8
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Situated Science Learning at Work: Social Organization and Identity in a Non-Profit Conservation Corporation. Draft.
Eisenhart, Margaret
In "Situated Learning" (1991) Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger argue that mature identities motivate learning and that the image of master practitioners leads the social organization of learning opportunities, goals of newcomers, and relations between newcomers and others in a given community of practice. They further argue that learning is centripetal, that is, a trajectory that coalesces around a central image of mature practitioners in a specific community of practice. To find out about such communities of practice and the identities of thoughtful, reflective practitioners, the office of a nonprofit conservation corporation employing 22 people was studied concentrating on 5 new scientists recently hired. The corporation was quite successful at transforming these new scientists into socially responsible scientists. Responsible use of accurate science is a major component of the mature identity that leads in this organization. Organizational salience is given to the use value of scientific knowledge and to the rapid accumulation of this value by newcomers. In addition, situations call on newcomers to take responsibility for having and using knowledge. One figure illustrates identity formation in the organization. (Contains 3 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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