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Dr. Etienne Wenger<http://www.ewenger.com/index.htm> will be  TODAY's speaker in the Smallwood Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series.  Dr. Wenger will discuss developing and implementing strategies for interdisciplinary research based on communities of practice.


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.

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