Knowledge, Technology and the Professional Learning of Localisers

Lydia Plowman, Irene Malcolm

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A study of the software localisation industry examines learning in digital
society by describing localisers’ knowledge practices. The shortcomings of standard models of professional learning that assume shared goals, codified knowledge and workers’ co-location are considered, along with the problem of learning in distributed and technologically mediated work contexts. The paper uses Knorr Cetina’s concept of macro-epistemics to highlight the need for theoretical development in relation to two questions: i) How do ways of organising localisers' work constitute opportunities and constraints for shared knowledge practices? ii) How does technology disrupt macro-epistemic potential and personal learning trajectories?
Original languageEnglish
JournalProfessions and Professionalism
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • digital work
  • professional learning
  • Knorr Cetina
  • macro-epistemics
  • knowledge
  • localisers

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