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ERIC Number: EJ1156103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Local Strategies: Creating and Nurturing Collaborative Communities of Practice
Bauer, Denise; Beaulieu, Elizabeth; Wobbe, Kristin
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v49 n4 p20-25 2017
Creating meaningful professional development opportunities for general education faculty can be particularly challenging at professionally-focused institutions where teaching liberal arts courses is sometimes viewed merely as a service requirement. Committing to sustained professional development for general education faculty can lead to successful integration of rigorous liberal education with professional degrees. Communities of practice are an inexpensive, flexible, and enjoyable means of providing in-house professional development. For many faculty these serve to renew the joy of teaching that drew them to the field initially. A community of practice may take many forms and can, over time, impact the overall culture of the department or division. The authors provide examples of faculty communities of practice from three professionally-focused universities: Champlain College, the Culinary Institute of America, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York); Massachusetts; Vermont
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