Boundary object

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* Boundary_object (dutch)


Boundary object is a concept originally introduced by Susan L. Star and James R. Griesemer (1989) to refer to objects that serve an interface between different Communities of practice. Boundary objects are an entity shared by several different communities but viewed or used differently by each of them.


  • Authentic
  • Boundary crossing
  • Kent, P., Noss, R., Guile, D., Hoyles, C., & Bakker, A. (2007). Characterizing the use of mathematical knowledge in boundary-crossing situations at work. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 14(1&2), 64-82.
  • Star, S., L. & Griesemer, J. R. (1989). Institutional Ecology, 'Translations' and Boundary Objects: Amateurs and Professionals in Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, 1907-39. Social Studies of Science, 19, 387-420.
  • Techno-Mathematical Literacy
  • Community of practice

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