Legitimizing processes: Barriers and facilitators for experienced Newcomers' entry transitions to knowledge practices

Gardiner, Claire M. (2016) Legitimizing processes: Barriers and facilitators for experienced Newcomers' entry transitions to knowledge practices. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 11, pp. 105-116.

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In the situated learning literature the apprenticeship-model based legitimate peripheral participation process has been widely adopted to explain the entry of novices to existing knowledge practices. To date however, little has been established about the role of legitimizing processes in experienced newcomers' entry transitions to existing knowledge practices. This paper reports two qualitative studies where more arduous and challenging transitions emerged for experienced newcomers than for novices, in legitimizing processes, relations with others and professional identity contextualization. The research finds that experienced newcomers' entry transitions are more complex than the legitimate peripheral participation process suggests, and that while Wenger's (1998) dualities model provides additional explanatory power, more is needed to understand experienced workers' entry transitions. An expanded model is suggested incorporating these complexities. The paper addresses a gap in the literature and establishes the contribution of legitimizing processes for experienced newcomers' progression to full participation in an existing workgroup.

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ID Code: 96578
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Communities of Practice, Entry Transitions, Knowledge Practices, Reification
DOI: 10.1016/j.lcsi.2016.06.002
ISSN: 2210-6561
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Crown Copyright © 2016 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 06 Jul 2016 22:29
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 04:05

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