Engaging, (re)constructing, and communicating knowledge via Web presences
As the internet becomes increasingly embedded in society (Woolgar 2002), the impact of information available on the Web implies an increasing capacity to reflect and affect common knowledge in a given society. Looking at the question of the role writing plays as communities engage in technological and social change in local and increasingly global contexts, writing is approached from a knowledge communication perspective--situating writing as a reification of knowledge processes in discourse communities. Working from Bazerman(1988) and Miller's (1986) definition of writing as social action, and combining it with Wenger's (definition for communities of practice which relies on participation and reification occurring in conjunction with written documents, we can understand Internet texts as reifications in an ongoing social action of producing knowledge. This study looks at the use of web presences as place for minority voices to challenge common knowledge and through interaction with elementary school teachers and classes, work at (re)constructing that common knowledge.
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Ways of Knowing: Society for the Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting 2007