Chapter 27. Coming to Terms with Communities of Practice: A Definition and Operational Criteria

Sasha Barab, Scott J. Warren, Rodrigo del Valle, Fang Fang

Over a decade ago, Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger (1991) published a highly influential book about communities of practice that has since spurred numerous efforts to harness the power of "community" to support learning. This has led to the development of many innovative learning environments that move beyond didactic pedagogical models in which there exists an all-knowing teacher-trainer, or instructional context, responsible for transmitting content to the isolated mind of some learner employee. From a practical standpoint, this movement is both valuable and consequential. However, from an intellectual ...

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