In an article linked at Stephen Downes' OLDaily, by Scardamalia and Bereiter, there is an interesting discussion of the issues of developmental and knowledge creation frameworks for learning design. (The PDF can be downloaded).

The idea of framing learning within both knowledge creation and (ontological) development is great. One question is to what extent knowledge creation goes beyond just 'epistemological enculturation' - from what I know of Knowledge Forum, it is entirely possible to go beyond the enculturation, but it does require some work to be done there - it's not 'automatic'.

The other question is whether the ontological development is somehow confined in this process to development as-a-knowledge-creator, or whether this goes beyond that (also) to the application of knowledge, and the broader communities (beyond communities of inquiry) that that would involve.

See the recent article on 'narrating the self' which deals with similar issues, here ... (This link has been reinstated)