ERIC Number: EJ1084679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Examining Electronic Learning Communities through the Communities of Practice Framework
Linton, Jayme N.
American Journal of Distance Education, v29 n4 p269-282 2015
This qualitative interpretive case study used Wenger's (1998) communities of practice (CoP) framework to analyze how the electronic learning community (eLC) process at an established state virtual high school operated like a community of practice. Components of the eLC process were analyzed according to elements of the CoP framework, which provided a theoretical lens through which to analyze data gathered through interviews, observations, and document collection. Findings revealed several areas of alignment between the eLC process and the CoP framework, particularly with Wenger's notion of practice within a CoP as a duality between participation and reification.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Communities of Practice, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Virtual Classrooms, High Schools, Distance Education, Data Analysis, Observation, Data Collection, Alignment (Education), Participation, Problem Solving, Learning Experience, Accountability, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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