Learning Practices and Interpretative Modes in Collaborative Contexts

Frank Siedlock, Nic Beech, Paul Hibbert

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    In this paper we consider the role of interpretation in the practices associated with learning in collaborative contexts. The existing literature has developed theories of how practice learning occurs within coherent communities, typically through assimilation into an agreed set of meanings, skilled practices and legitimated judgement, or taste. But less is known about the interpretative nature of cross-community learning, which can be the aim in collaborations. We analyse a collaborative setting, concerned with interdisciplinary research, in order to develop an understanding of the interpretative dynamics of learning in collaborative contexts. From this research we develop insights on the dynamics arising from alternative interpretative modes of engagement in learning practices. We conclude that the consequences for learning can vary with the interpretative approach – despite close similarities in the underlying learning practices – and develop implications for management education that arise from this.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
    EventAcademy of Management, Annual Meeting Proceedings publication - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
    Duration: 1 Aug 20145 Aug 2014


    ConferenceAcademy of Management, Annual Meeting Proceedings publication
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
    Internet address


    • collaboration
    • interpretation
    • learning


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