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ERIC Number: EJ1063336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 92
ISSN: ISSN-1556-1607
The Impact of Hierarchical Positions on Communities of Learning
Rehm, Martin; Gijselaers, Wim; Segers, Mien
International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, v10 n2 p117-138 Jun 2015
"Communities of Learning" (CoL) are an innovative methodological tool to stimulate knowledge creation and diffusion within organizations. However, past research has largely overlooked how participants' hierarchical positions influence their behavior within CoL. We address this shortcoming and provide empirical evidence on 25 CoL for a global training program, analyzing user statistics from 249 staff members. Our results indicate that participants' level of activity and performance are significantly influenced by their hierarchical position. We also discover a duality among participants holding low hierarchical positions. The implications of these results and future research avenues are discussed.
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Language: English
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