Networks and learning: communities, practices and the metaphor of networks—a response
I am pleased to have the opportunity to react to Bruce Ingraham’s response to my article ‘Networks and learning: communities, practices and the metaphor of networks’ (Jones, 2004). It is rare to have a dialogue with someone who has taken the time and trouble to consider what you have written for a journal. All too often reviewing is a one-way process with the reviewer remaining anonymous. It is all the more pleasant to have a response to what you have written that gets to grips with some of the issues that the author also finds troubling. It is in that spirit that I write this reaction to Ingraham; it is an opportunity for me to develop some of the points he has identified as problematic in the original article. I want to concentrate on two main issues, firstly the network metaphor itself and secondly the usefulness of abstraction and representations of various types.
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