Essay about socialization in the classroom with the oddest (but perhaps the most honest) conclusion I've read in some time: "Anyone interested in examining how this complex dynamic contributes to achieving desired student learning outcomes must plod through a number of studies, each with a wealth of data that seem to examine only the constituent characteristics of socialization without considering the phenomenon as a whole." The authors attempt to place socialization into a context of practice where knowledge acquisition within them is sustained by collaboration, but I can sense the struggle that results when it appears that the communities themselves are intended as the outcome, and not the constituent knowledge or expertise. "Social knowledge construction (which is actually situated learning) is the end itself and the chief raison dâxTMetre for the existence of the community of practice." Via Distance-Educator.com.
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