BLC communities of practice white paper

  • DeakinCo.
  • 6 July 2012

Wenger, McDermott and Snyder (2002) define communities of practice as: Groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis (Wenger, McDermott & Snyder 2002, p. 4).

The general notions that characterise communities of practice are as follows: bonding by exposure to common problems; common practices and language; common sense of purpose; groups that learn; and members evolve more creative practice.

The notion of a community of practice has emerged from current thinking of learning in general and workplace learning in particular, and can be seen as being underpinned by situated learning theory.

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