Why Learning Is An Enculturation Process Essay

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I believe learning is an enculturation process that occurs in the context as a result of actively participating in social practices. This active participation is a jointly coordinating and negotiating process by which the individual utilizes the socially-valued function or social discourse (i.e., knowledge or language) as the way practitioners use it in a particular context, resulting in changing one’s membership from the novice to more central participation in a community of practice (Lave & Wenger, 1991). In this way, knowledge is created, reflected, and evolved as an active form of competence, tool, or the language bound to the social context of a community of practice (Brown, Collins, & Duguid, 1989; Lave & Wenger 1991; Resnick, 1987; Whitehead, 1929). Consistent with this notion of learning (i.e., social and participatory nature of learning), I believe humans—as detectors being part of the world and a particular community—can legitimately pick up the information that is available across the physical environment, people, and the specific context, and become able to efficiently act on it. By doing so, humans become enculturated into a particular context, physical environment and the community of practice.
In light of the above conception of human learning, thinking, and knowing, I view that teaching is not an event of delivering or transmitting information, but rather an event of sharing a goal, communicating by the common language in the context, and participating in…

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