The UF Water Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. Etienne Wenger<http://www.ewenger.com/index.htm>, social learning theorist and a pioneer of the "communities of practice" research, will be the next speaker in the Smallwood Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series. Dr. Wenger will discuss developing and implementing strategies for interdisciplinary research based on communities of practice as a strategic component to achieving sustainability.
Dr. Etienne Wenger<http://www.ewenger.com/>
Monday, May 4, 2009
Seminar Title: "Cultivating Communities of Practice for Interdisciplinary Research"
Time: 2 PM - 3 PM, May 4, 2009
Location: 209 Emerson Alumni Hall
*Etienne Wenger is a globally recognized thought leader in the field of communities of practice, who was featured by Training Magazine in their "A new Breed of Visionaries" series. A pioneer of the "communities of practice" research, he is author and co-author of seminal articles and books on the topic, including Situated Learning, where the term was coined, Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity, where he lays out a theory of learning based on the concept of communities of practice, and Cultivating Communities of Practice: a Guide to Managing Knowledge, addressed to practitioners in organizations. His work as researcher, author, and consultant has influenced both thinking and practice in a wide variety of fields, including business, education, government, and social theory. His new research project, Learning for a small planet, is a cross-sectoral investigation of the nature of learning practices and institutions at the dawn of the new millennium.