Re: cognitive perspective of learning and CoP
- For what I understand the cognitive perspective is based in the idea
that the individual is who learns in a process of internalisation of
concepts. Then, for an individual the challenge will be how to
internalise concepts and then how to apply them in different context.
In this sense could be interesting to take a look to the paper of
Tsoukas, 1996 were he explains an critic this perspective. From the
organisation point of view the main problem will be how to transfer
the knowledge that individuals posses to the rest of the organisation.
CoP takes a different perspective. For CoP there is not knowledge
without a community, because it is from the engagement between the
participants in the community that knowledge will emerge. In this
sense to be able to learn it is necessary to get involve with a
community and have a space to participate in their activities. From
Wenger's (2000) perspective the challenge for organisation will be
how to cultivate CoP and in this sense Wenger gives three main ideas:
identify CoP, provide an infrastructure to support their work and
asses their value using non-traditional methods.
I know that the explanation is very short, but I hope it can help you
to have a first idea. Could be good if you take a look to Lave, J.
And Wenger, E. 1991 Situated learning: legitimate peripheral
participation. Cambridge U.P.
Tsoukas, 1996 "The firm as a distributed knowledge system: A
constructionist approach" Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 17
(Winter Special Issue)
Wenger and Snyder, 2000. Communities of Practice: The organizational
Frontier in Harvard Business Review, January-February.
--- In com-prac@y..., "mwhud2002" <abdullahbayat@m...> wrote:
> Hi my name is Abdullah. This is my first posting. I am interested
> know how the cognitive perspective of learning fits in or relates
> the concept CoP.
> abdullah bayat
> cape town
> South Africa