ERIC Number: EJ788080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 22
Networked Identities: Understanding Relationships between Strong and Weak Ties in Networked Environments
Ryberg, T.; Larsen, M. C.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v24 n2 p103-115 Apr 2008
In this paper we take up a critique of the concept of Communities of Practice (CoP) voiced by several authors, who suggest that networks may provide a better metaphor to understand social forms of organization and learning. Through a discussion of the notion of networked learning and the critique of CoPs we shall argue that the metaphor or theory of networked learning is itself confronted with some central tensions and challenges that need to be addressed. We then explore these theoretical and analytic challenges to the network metaphor, through an analysis of a Danish social networking site. We argue that understanding meaning making and "networked identities" may be relevant analytic entry points in navigating the challenges.
Descriptors: Social Networks, Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Relationship, Web Sites, Learning Theories, Community, Self Concept, Criticism
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark