Teaching and learning about communities of practice in higher education

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

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    Communities of practice (CoPs) are presented in literature as an efficient tool for creating and sharing knowledge by professionals. In order to learn more about CoPs, four CoPs within Hanze University Groningen, the Netherlands, were studied. Hanzehogeschool is a university for higher professional education, offering programmes 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 include an overview of relevant success factors for working in CoPs derived from literature, and success factors for the CoPs research. 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.
    Originele taal-2English
    TitelCommunities of practice
    Subtitelcreating learning environments for educators
    RedacteurenChris Kimble, Paul Hildreth, Isabelle Bourdon
    Plaats van productieCharlotte, North Carolina
    UitgeverijIAP, Information Age Publishing
    ISBN van geprinte versie978-1-59311-863-1
    StatusPublished - 2008


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