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Value Creation in Social Learning Spaces

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  • Publication planned for: November 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108739535

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  • Today, more people want to know how to make a meaningful difference to what they care about. But for that, traditional approaches to learning often fall short. In this book, we offer a theoretical and practical way forward. We introduce the concept of social learning spaces for developing both new capabilities and a sense of agency. We provide a rich framework for focusing on the value of social learning spaces: how to generate this value, monitor it, and learn iteratively through the process. The book is a useful extension and refinement of 'communities of practice' for those familiar with the theory. For those who are not, the chapters will lay out a new way to approach learning. This volume is written to serve the needs of readers across fields, including researchers, educators, and leaders in business, government, healthcare, and international development.

    • Provides a truly thorough treatment of the value-creation framework
    • Introduces a fairly complex theory using ordinary language, clear explanations, and concrete examples
    • Takes a theoretically rigorous and practically oriented approach
    • Supplies an overview and reading itineraries for each section
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book is written by two authors, whom I regard as the internationally most competent specialists in the field of adults' learning for professional practice!' Knud Illeris, author of How We Learn and editor of Contemporary Theories of Learning

    'Whether you are a teacher looking for new ideas or a social justice activist facilitating lifelong learning, this book provides the theory, and more importantly, the practice of social learning. With examples, footnotes, and reflection summaries, the concept of social learning is made accessible to all.' Malathi Raghavan, Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, USA

    'Another tour de force by the authors, marking the expansion of their seminal work in COPs. This work provides for a broader impact through the development of practical concepts in social learning. It is a must-read for all of us who are seeking to liberate the potential of organizations and teams.' Michael Fung-Kee-Fung, Medical Director Champlain of the Regional Cancer Program and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Surgery, University of Ottawa, Canada

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: November 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108739535
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue: The Difference We Care to Make
    Introduction: How to Read this Book
    Part I. Foundation: Value Creation in Social Learning Spaces: Part I Section 1. Social Learning Spaces:
    1. Social Learning Spaces
    2. What About Communities of Practice?
    3. Social Learning Spaces and Other Structures
    Part I Section 2. Value Creation: Agency and Social Learning Modes:
    4. The Perspective of Value Creation
    5. Agency and Social Learning Modes
    Part II. Framework: Part II Section 1. Generating Value: Value-Creation Cycles:
    6. Immediate and Potential
    7. Applied and Realized Value
    8. Enabling and Strategic Value
    9. Orienting and Transformative Value
    Part II Section 2. Translating Value: Flows and Loops:
    10. Flows into Learning Loops
    11. Flows into Other Social Learning Spaces
    Part II Section 3. Framing: Aspirations and Uncertainties:
    12. Framing Participation
    13. Framing Value Creation
    14. Conducting a Framing Event
    Part II Section 4. Evaluating: Effect and Contribution:15. Effect Data: Deriving and Monitoring Indicators
    16. Contribution Data: Collecting Value-Creation Stories
    17. Consolidating and Integrating the Dataset
    18. The Art of Making Value Visible
    Epilogue: An Ongoing Journey.

  • Authors

    Etienne Wenger-Trayner, University of Brighton
    Etienne Wenger-Trayner is a social learning theorist and consultant. He is known for his seminal work on communities of practice, which has influenced both practice and theory across disciplines. One of the most cited authors in the social sciences, he is a visiting 'professorial fellow' at the University of Brighton, UK.

    Beverly Wenger-Trayner
    Beverly Wenger-Trayner, still an activist at heart for equitable development, is a social learning theorist and consultant known for her work with international organizations. Her expertise encompasses cross-boundary processes, the use of new technologies, designing and facilitating social learning strategies, and coaching social learning leaders in complex situations.

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