Creating and Capturing New Knowledge

Stephen Downes, Apr 13, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What is it about a community that causes it to not only produce, but also transfer, knowledge? It is certain that a community produces artifacts, codifications of the knowledge it creates – look at any academic society and the first evidence of its work is the set of journal articles and other publications it produced. But belonging to (and earning membership into) such a community requires much more than merely learning the content of its discourse. It requires immersion into the practices of the community, learning, as Kuhn said, how to do the problems at the end of the chapter.
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