Learning in Communities

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Centered Information Technology

  • John M. Carroll

Part of the Human-Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ann Peterson Bishop, Bertram C. Bruce, M. Cameron Jones
      Pages 3-5
    3. Gerhard Fischer, Markus Rohde, Volker Wulf
      Pages 17-20
    4. Andrea Kavanaugh, Philip Isenhour
      Pages 21-23
    5. Volkmar Pipek, Mary Beth Rosson, Gunnar Stevens, Volker Wulf
      Pages 25-27
    6. Mary Beth Rosson, John M. Carroll
      Pages 29-33
    7. Lynette Kvasny, Nancy Kranich, Jorge Reina Schement
      Pages 41-44
    8. Murali Venkatesh, Jeffrey S. Owens
      Pages 45-52
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 54-54
    2. Andrea Kavanaugh, ThanThan Zin, Joseph Schmitz, Mary Beth Rosson, B. Joon Kim, John M. Carroll
      Pages 55-73
    3. Umer Farooq, Patricia Schank, Alexandra Harris, Judith Fusco, Mark Schlager
      Pages 111-138
    4. Tim Reichling, Michael Veith, Volker Wulf
      Pages 139-171
    5. John M. Carroll, Umer Farooq
      Pages 173-194
    6. Wendy A. Schafer, Craig H. Ganoe, John M. Carroll
      Pages 225-258
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 259-266

About this book


Most learning takes place in communities. People continually learn through their participation with others in everyday activities. Such learning is important in contemporary society because formal education cannot prepare people for a world that changes rapidly and continually. We need to live in learning communities.

This collection of papers is not the definitive summary of learning in communities. It is assuredly more prolegomena than coda. Learning is increasingly recognized as a critical facet of lifetime activity, one that must become better integrated with all that people do. At the same time, community structures are increasingly recognized as a critical category of social organization – flexible and adaptable, capable of innovation and development, and yet just as strongly nurturing and supportive. The promise of learning in communities lies ahead of us. This set of essays intends to propel us all along that path.


CSCW Collaborative Learning Community networks Learning Communities computer-supported collaborative learning education infrastructure knowledge management learning learning organizations multidisciplinary

Editors and affiliations

  • John M. Carroll
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Information Sciences and TechnologyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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