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Mapping Environmental SustainabilityReflecting on Systemic Practices for Participatory Research$
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Sue Oreszczyn and Andy Lane

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331575

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331575.001.0001

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Understanding and developing communities of practice through diagramming

Understanding and developing communities of practice through diagramming

(p.155) Seven Understanding and developing communities of practice through diagramming
Mapping Environmental Sustainability

Chris Blackmore

Natalie Foster

Kevin Collins

Ray Ison

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This chapter draws on the authors' experiences over many years of research into social learning systems. The authors particularly focus on their work on communities of practice as social learning systems and reflect on their experiences of using diagramming to map and share understandings and develop knowledge, in the context of water governance and climate change. They build on a range of systemic and participatory traditions to design their research processes. Some of the authors have also taught these techniques and have developed an understanding of how skills in diagramming can be developed both for exploration and for communication. The authors therefore reflect on the effectiveness of diagramming processes for different purposes, reviewing a range of the techniques' strengths and limitations from their use in different contexts.

Keywords:   social learning systems, diagramming, environmental sustainability

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