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Learning in Likely Places: Varieties of Apprenticeship in Japan

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Edited by John Singleton
NEW YORK: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1998
400 PAGES

Reviewed by W. Lawrence Neuman

Learning in Likely Places is a collection of nineteen essays (plus an introduction and epilogue) from a 1993 invitational workshop on apprenticeship education in Japan and is part of the Cambridge University Press “Learning in Doing” series. The book explores social relations at places of work/play and their influence on learning; essays divided into four sections: traditional arts, artisan apprenticeship, work and community socialization, and appropriations of cultural practice. The essays highlight how Japanese cultural themes are manifest in everyday non-formal learning settings. The relevance of this mode of learning for other cultures is demonstrated by showing how people learn in an interactive process that flows from social relationships in a specific time, place, and cultural setting.