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Method Boundary crossing [in the context of learning at the workplace] (WEX21C)
Description "The concept of [the] transfer [of learning] has traditionally rested upon the idea that learning simply consists of acquiring knowledge and skill in one context and reapplying it to another... The main problem with this concept... is that it completely neglects the influence of context, resources and people upon the process of learning and... misconceives the process of transfer.

Once workplaces are viewed as 'activity systems', with their own divisions of labour, rules and procedures, it is possible to replace the notion of 'transferability' with the concept of 'boundary crossing'... This reflects the recognition that students engage successfully in different tasks and in different contexts... Such an approach takes account of the fact that learning is a process both of self-organisation and enculturation and that these processes occur while individuals participate in cultural practices, frequently while interacting with more knowledgeable others in the workplace..." (Griffiths et al., 2000a, pp. 33f.) 

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