ERIC Number: EJ1162093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
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"I Don't Think That Word Means What You Think It Means": A Proposed Framework for Defining Learning Communities
West, Richard E.; Williams, Gregory S.
Educational Technology Research and Development, v65 n6 p1569-1582 Dec 2017
In this paper we address the obfuscation surrounding the concept of learning communities by operationalizing "community" according to four characteristics that serve as boundaries for defining a community: access, relationships, vision, and function. Although these community boundaries sometimes overlap, they represent distinctive features of possible community structures. In addition to defining and discussing learning community boundaries, we share insights for researching learning communities. We believe a clearer understanding of how to define learning communities can assist scholars and practitioners in cultivating and studying these communities.
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Definitions, Group Structure, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Scholarship, Cooperative Learning, Interpersonal Relationship, Sense of Community, Trust (Psychology)
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