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We learn as social beings


Etienne Wenger in her chapter on A Social Theory of Learning makes the convincing case for learning that takes place in a social context – as humans we can not have changed much in 10,000 years. We got here without e-learning, or videos, without PowerPoint or books, without writing. We had shadowing though, learning in groups and by observing and copying what did or did not work.

We are social beings.
We learn things of social value.
Knowledge comes about through competence
We come to know something through participation
We create meaning from the knowledge we feel we have gained.

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