Wenger

Found a brilliant Etienne Wenger chapter called Identity in Practice in the book Pedagogy and Practice: Culture and Identities. I’ve only just started reading this chapter but already I’m picking out little snippets which relate to my project, whether or not these end up in my final dissertation remains to be seen.

“Engagement in practice gives us certain experiences of participation, and what our communities pay attention to reifies us as participants.” (Wenger, 2008, pg.105)

The notion of what it means to be part of a community of practice is an angle I find interesting when relating to course structures in place at a University. Academics are part of a course, which is in turn part of a department, which is part of an institution. Many academics are on fractional contracts maybe only working a few hours a week, however they are still identified as being part of a community they might rarely spend little time engaging with.

Wenger, E., 2008. Identity in Practice. In: K. Hall, P. Murphy and J. Soler, eds. 2008. Pedagogy and Practice: Culture and Identities. Milton Keynes: Sage Publications. Ch.7.