Inquiries of every imaginable kind: Ethnomethodology, practical action and the new socially situated learning theory

Blackwell Publishing
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The Sociological Review, 2006, 54 (3), pp. 426 - 445
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This paper examines the increasing interest in practice-based theorising in the new social learning theory. It argues that this body of work does not pay sufficient attention to ethnomethodologys understanding of practical action.The paper then illustrates ethnomethodologys approach to understanding practical action, highlighting the concepts of `inquiry and `work, and drawing upon examples from two phases in Garfinkels work. Potential implications are then discussed for the new practice-based social learning theory and conclusions are drawn.
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