I am working on my thesis at the moment, and as part of that I'm trying to get to grips with various ideas about social learning theory, communities of practice, identity (and all of this with respect to mathematics). I have a very basic idea of roughly what things are but am really not at ease with it all yet, and not really ready to use it in my writing because I think my understanding's not quite there yet.
So I am really excited to have found video interviews with the very academics whose books/papers I'm reading on youtube!
I've been watching video interview segments with Etienne Wenger about what a community of practice is - http://www.youtube.com/user/239MikeO/vi ... ery=wenger if anyone's interested - basically as far as I understand it so far, his work (together with Jean Lave) has been on the idea of learning being something that happens in interaction with other people and in communities. And I have just seen that there are some youtube videos of Yvette Solomon and Laura Black at a seminar in 2007 on "Mathematical Relationships Identities and Participation" - which turned into a book that I'm definitely going to be heavily referencing.
You guys, we live in the future. Instant free access to talks by academics? So cool.