Author: Ben

November 30, 2018

Biesta, G.J. & Burbules, N.C. (2003). Pragmatism and educational research. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: Learning meaning, and identity. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Provocative Question #7: What does the literature suggest we should do to make our conversations about research meaningful to use as change agents/action researchers? […]

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November 10, 2018

Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: Learning meaning, and identity. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Provocative Question #6: Why does identity matter in COP functions? For individuals? For groups? For organizations? As my identity changes, what can I do to foster continued connections and even grow my engagement in CoPs that can influence my […]

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October 25, 2018

Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: Learning meaning, and identity. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Provocative Question #5: As related to my job, how is change initiated in my organization? Do CoPs matter in the process of initiating change? Of operationalizing change efforts? Of institutionalizing change? Step 1: Prepare for a conversation Quote/ideas from […]

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October 15, 2018

Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: Learning meaning, and identity. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Provocative Question #4: How can my behaviors shape my action research study to be a COLLABORATIVE action research study? Step 1: Prepare for a conversation Quote/ideas from the book; applications/instances from your workplace setting Page number “We are all […]

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September 24, 2018

Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: Learning meaning, and identity. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Provocative Question #3: How can I positively influence my CoP through participation in “broader configurations” of networks? [Expand your social network to include knowledgeable individuals beyond your workplace setting. Find 1-3 others not in your institution, who have a similar problem […]

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September 6, 2018

Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: Learning meaning, and identity. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Provocative Question #2: How does “participation” relate to identifying problems/challenges and solving problems? When/Why do I hold back from participating? When/Why do I commit to solving problems by myself? How can I positively influence my CoP through participation in “broader configurations” of […]

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August 19, 2018

Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: Learning meaning, and identity. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Step 1 Quote/ideas from the book; applications/instances from your workplace setting Page number “Learning is…part of our participation in our communities and organizations. The problem is not that we do not know this, but rather that we do not […]

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June 30, 2018

Part 1: Worksite For my final course observation journal, I observed the “Arizona Farmers Market” in downtown Phoenix on a Saturday morning in the summer. This market is open every Saturday, year-round, and it is an open-air market where vendors, farmers and other businesses bring various agricultural and craft goods. I think this relates to […]

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June 18, 2018

Part 1: Worksite I visited the “Tiny Gym” in Goodyear on Friday for my daughter’s gymnastics practice. At the tiny gym, there was a single instructor, with about a dozen toddlers practicing in the space. Each child was accompanied by at least one family member, with at least two adults accompanying about half of the […]

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June 8, 2018

Part 1: Worksite I visited High Tech High schools this week on a work visit, and I was thrilled to go. This place connects very well to my PoP, as part of what I’m trying to do is to help schools in Arizona redesign themselves in a fashion that might be inspired by what happens […]

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