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ERIC Number: EJ923790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 224
ISSN: ISSN-0034-6543
Boundary Crossing and Boundary Objects
Akkerman, Sanne F.; Bakker, Arthur
Review of Educational Research, v81 n2 p132-169 Jun 2011
Diversity and mobility in education and work present a paramount challenge that needs better conceptualization in educational theory. This challenge has been addressed by educational scholars with the notion of "boundaries", particularly by the concepts of "boundary crossing" and "boundary objects". Although studies on boundary crossing and boundary objects emphasize that boundaries carry learning potential, it is not explicated in what way they do so. By reviewing this literature, this article offers an understanding of boundaries as dialogical phenomena. The review of the literature reveals four potential learning mechanisms that can take place at boundaries: identification, coordination, reflection, and transformation. These mechanisms show various ways in which sociocultural differences and resulting discontinuities in action and interaction can come to function as resources for development of intersecting identities and practices. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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