Teaching and learning about communities of practice in higher education

Petra H.M. Cremers, Rianne A.C. Valkenburg

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    Abstract

    Communities of practice (CoPs) are presented in literature as an efficient tool for creating and sharing knowledge among professionals. In order to learn more about CoPs, four CoPs within Hanze University Groningen, the Netherlands, were studied. Hanze University offers degree courses at the bachelor level. This research project investigates the functioning of CoPs by way of action research. Three questions are answered: How do CoPs work; what are the success factors? What are the success factors of CoPs in Higher Education as compared to those from literature? Can working as a CoP be taught, and if so, how should we go about this? The results are translated into an educational model for teaching and learning about CoPs, with the conclusion that teaching and learning about CoPs helps to start and nurture CoPs in an educational institution.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCommunities of practice
    Subtitle of host publicationcreating learning environments for educators
    EditorsChris Kimble, Paul Hildreth, Isabelle Bourdon
    Place of PublicationCharlotte, North Carolina
    PublisherInformation Age Publishing
    Pages333-354
    Volume1
    ISBN (Print)978-1-59311-863-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • community of practice
    • higher education

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    Cremers, P. H. M., & Valkenburg, R. A. C. (2008). Teaching and learning about communities of practice in higher education. In C. Kimble, P. Hildreth, & I. Bourdon (Eds.), Communities of practice: creating learning environments for educators (Vol. 1, pp. 333-354). Information Age Publishing.