Much more difficult than I expected
Situated Learning (Legitimate Peripheral Participation) by Lave and Wenger (1991)
Quote: "Learning is a process that takes place in a participation framework, not in an individual mind." (p.15) I selected this quote because it broadens the traditional definition of learning to extend learning to involving a collective act. Here rather than learning being an individual activity where the learner is somewhat isolated, learning involves a community of participants. It is in this global framework and through these interactions that meaning gets constructed.
Question: According to Lave and Wenger (1991), how students learn in school should be rethought from the perspective of the Legitimate Peripheral Participation (LPP) viewpoint. Although I agree that there is a need to rethink schooling, the infrastructure needed to achieve this is not yet in place. My question for Lave and Wenger is what rethinking schooling from an LPP perspective might look like in the current school environment?
Connections: "we emphasize the significance of shifting the analytic focus from the individual learner to learning as participation in the social world, and from the concept of cognitive process to the more-encompassing view of social practice. "(43) This connects with Richardson's argue in his essay "Why School.." given the abundance of information and the way in which the 21st century student processes and learns information.
"Learners inevitably participate in communities of practitioners and ... mastery of knowledge and skill requires newcomers to move toward full participation in the sociocultural practices of community." (p.29). This reminds me of newcomers to the Twitter community. To gain mastery in this area of social media, requires participating in all of the sociocultural practices of the Twitter community. As someone somewhat new to Twitter prior to this course, I only moved toward mastery of social media by immersing myself in it. This required validation from within the community in order to move toward full participation.
Epiphany: The text from Situated Learning by Lave and Wenger (1991) was much more of a challenge to wrap my brain around it than I anticipated. Overall, I learned a lot about the Legitimate Peripheral Participation (LLP) perspective and Lave and Wenger's situated learning model. Many of the ideas are visionary and seem relevant given today's learners and the abundance of technology. However, I still have concerns about implementing some of these ideas into practice. Much of the infrastructure, at least in the school environment is missing.