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ERIC Number: ED407937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 16
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Patterns of Leadership in Virtual Professional Communities: The Case of 250 Israeli Science and Technology Educators.
Sivan, Yesha Y.
The Internet creates a unique opportunity for building virtual professional communities. The Lamda Community Project was created to use the Internet to support science and technology education as part of the Israeli national program to advance science and technology education in Israel. A virtual community was created as a meeting place and resource sharing forum for participants, and participants were given suggestions on the types of activity that could take place in the virtual community. The project investigated user-network interaction, site design, authoring of content on the Internet, the building of sub-communities, and project-based learning. Observations about leadership in virtual communities include: (1) leaders can learn new things quickly and are not afraid to request resources from the team; (2) leaders appear in various ways--they contribute to mailing lists, organize new centers, and bring in new members; (3) there are two types of leaders--those who want to advance themselves, and those who want to advance the community; (4) new teachers are more able to advance themselves than veteran teachers; (5) some leaders lack basic skills of organization and management; (6) short-term leaders are easier to find than long-term leaders; (7) leadership takes time--teachers are often prevented from becoming leaders because of time constraints; (8) leadership of content is relatively easy compared to leadership of processes; (9) virtual communities facilitate leadership for some, but inhibit leadership for others; and (10) leadership in a virtual community calls for a different mix of leadership qualities. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel