Choose one or both of the readings and write a response on your site. Consider some take-aways, explore some challenging sections of the reading, think about the ideas in relation to your internship if that seems relevant.
First and foremost, LPP is the process of which newcomers become a part of a community of practice and it provides a way to speak about the relations between newcomers and old-timers, and about activities, identities, artifacts, and communities of knowledge and practice. The process of learning knowledgeable skills is configured through becoming a full participant in a sociocultural practice.
Now, not even going to lie to ya, after reading the first chapter of Legitimate Peripheral Participation, I. Was. Lost.
BUT. After reading chapter three a couple times and actually seeing the different examples of apprenticeship, I started to gain a better understanding. After reading about the Quartermasters and learning that once they leave home to become a part of the institution for a few years, I compared it to us college students and future teachers.
Once upon a time we all (well, most of us) left home to become a part of an institution for a few year, just as the Quartermasters. We have instructors and so called “officers” that work with us so we can have access to gain knowledgeable skills that pertain to our specialty.
Speaking about teachers specifically when being compared to quartermasters, we have to do various similar things when it comes to working in these fields. Just like quartermasters, we go to specialized schools (aka the credential program) before we can complete the journey of becoming a teacher. We go into these schools not completely “trained” and without having quite that much experience. Then, once we’re in our actual field, we find that we need some extra guidance by our colleagues who have years of experience.
Now, when it comes to this specific class and our internship, I compared ourselves to the tailors because the apprentice negotiates with a master tailor to take a newcomer into his house and make sure he learns the craft. Even though we newcomers aren’t assigned with “masters” we still are taken into the classroom to observe and learn some of the craft. I like how in the chapter, it states, “The developmental cycles that reproduce domestic groups and other communities of practice, the relations of newcomers to those who are adept, and the way in which divisions of labor articulate various kinds of communities of practice in communities in the larger sense all shape the identities that may be constructed, and with them, knowledgeable, skillful activity.”
I liked this quote because of how true it is. As future educators, going through the process in this class the upcoming process that follows along after, all shape our identities through the knowledge and experience we obtained throughout the years.