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Community of practice - a way of understand the learning process of voluntary representatives.
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Studies in Adult, Popular and Higher Education.
2007 (English)In: Nordic Conference om Adult Learning,2007, 2007Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Community of practise - a way of understand the learning process of voluntary representatives. This paper has its background in my PhD-project, still in process, witch concerns some of the people that works in a trade union, the voluntary representatives , or as they are named in the Swedish Municipal Workers Union -arbetsplatsombud-. For me this group is interesting in many ways, one of them concerns the voluntary representatives special situation, they have their role as union representatives at the same time as they have a job from which they earn their living. They are at the workplace, working together with other members, acting like a link between the member and the union. In a way you can say that they have two jobs at the same time. They are in one context, the workplaces, but are moving between/in two different practices, having legitimated participation in both. My science question concerns the voluntary representatives learning process and how their movements from -novices to experts- can be described. In order to understand the voluntary representative-s learning process and there movements in to the unions community of practice I-m using the theory of ´Community of practice´ (Lave & Wenger, 1991; Wenger, 1998) as an analytic tool. Inspired by the method of ethnography I have collected data during different methods; several, recurrently, life story inspired interviews with voluntary representatives, observations at workplaces and during different contacts between the voluntary representatives and the union club/union courses. In this paper I will present one of my informants and her movements on here way learning the task as a voluntary representative through the perspective of ´Community of practice´. And my wish is that this can start a discussion about the voluntary representatives learning situation and my use of ´Community of practice´ as an analytic tool. Ulla Alsin, PhD Student in Pedagogic 

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Community of Practice, Learnning, Shop stewards, Trade Unions, Volontary representatives
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-39720Local ID: 50904OAI: diva2:260569
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10

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