Knowledge Building Community

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Definition

Defined by Tom Murray:


"Knowledge building community refers to “efforts to discover, improve, record, organize, and share knowledge. Knowledge building draws on the collective intelligence of a group engaged in researching, theorizing, critiquing, doing, and synthesizing in order to progressively evolve some body of theory and practice. Though modes and methods can differ widely, all communities of learning/practice/knowledge building share certain elements, with epistemological indeterminacy as one of the important concerns." (http://www.integralworld.net/index.html?murray.html)


More Information

The term "knowledge building community," as articulated by Scardamalia & Bereiter (1994), is similar to "learning community," as articulated by Senge (1990), and "community of practice," as articulated by Wenger (1998)

Scardamalia, M., & Bereiter, C. (1994). Computer support for knowledge building communities. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 3(3), 265-283.


Key Books to Read

Senge, P. M. (1990). The fifth discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization. New York, NY: Doubleday.

Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: Learning, meaning, and identity. New York: Cambridge University Press.