ERIC Number: EJ1133386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Communities of Practice as Agents of Future Faculty Development
Stark, Audriana M.; Smith, Gary A.
Journal of Faculty Development, v30 n2 p59-67 Spr 2016
The need for faculty development continues to increase despite the limited resources of many developers to serve growing demands. To address this conundrum, we explore existing literature about communities of practice (CoPs) in higher education and case studies of CoPs at our institution as an avenue to extend and supplement future professional development for faculty. The accompanying analysis leads us to propose that faculty developers should leverage faculty expertise using the communities of practice framework, distinct from faculty learning communities, in future faculty development.
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Literature Reviews, Higher Education, Case Studies, Expertise, Educational Benefits, Research Universities, Medical Schools, Blended Learning, Integrated Learning Systems, Information Dissemination, Teacher Collaboration, Interdisciplinary Approach, Informal Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico
Grant or Contract Numbers: P031C110184