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Rogerio, you might take a look at Powell's work on learning in biotech.
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From: "Rogerio DePaula" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, March 17, 2003 1:41 PM
Subject: ... and do social networks learn?
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> Dear all,
> I've been exploring the use of computer supported social networks to
> help special education professionals to receive and give professional
> and personal support as means to foster teacher professional
> Most of the approaches have instead focused on the design for
> communities of practice as it seems to be an effective learning model
> (Lave's LPP), although there is little evidence that CofP (as defined
> by Lave and Wenger) actually takes place in these online environments.
> I have been comparing this two approaches (namely, social networks and
> communities of practice) based on the notion of community structures
> and the kinds of interactions. However, I would like to be able to
> compare them in terms of learning communities.
> I wonder then whether there is any work on the learning aspects of
> social networks, e.g. how do people learn in their social networks, or
> simply whether SN can be thought of as a learning community, or
> community of learners. Finally, is there any model for learning in
> social networks?
> Any reference or comment would be greatly appreciated.
> Thank you in advance,
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