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Virtual communities of practice in web-based second language learning: fiction or reality?

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The work of Lave and Wenger on learning in 'communities of practice' has evoked a considerable response in e-learning environments through-out the world including Denmark in the last few decades. Within the development of web-based second language learning, the ideas of learning in communities of practice and of situated and collaborative learning have deeply inspired educators and teachers and, to a certain degree, become the theoretical and practical framework for developing web-based learning platforms, while findings from this research indicate that students perceive e-learning as a far more individual process. The aim of this paper is to investigate aspects of the Danish development of e-learning platforms and, especially students’ and teachers’ very differing perceptions of e-learning and the concepts behind it. The analysis is based on student and teacher interviews, research on language interaction and case studies of e-learning language platforms within the area of teaching Danish as a second language for adult foreigners. The concepts of communities of practice are also discussed and developed.
TidsskriftGSTF Journal of Education
Sider (fra-til)1-6
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - 30 nov. 2013


  • Communities of practice, Second language learning, E-learning in communities of practice, Cognitive approaches in e-learning, Learner centred approaches, Livslang læring , Læring, Voksenlæring, Dansk som 2. sprog, Teknologiforståelse, Læring og læringsmiljøer

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