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ERIC Number: EJ769618
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Energize Your Professional Development by Connecting with a Purpose: Building Communities of Practice
Helm, Judy Harris
Young Children, v62 n4 p12-17 Jul 2007
Communities of practice (COPs) are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better through interacting with one another (Wenger 1998). Communities of practice have enormous potential to support and sustain quality care and education within a community and, in fact, are doing so. Businesses and other organizations establish and use "communities of practice" like the Illinois Project Group as a powerful tool in improving performance and quality. However, not all communities, or gatherings of professionals, are communities of practice. To be a community of practice, a group must have three characteristics: a domain of interest, a community, and a focus on practice (Wenger, McDermott, & Snyder 2002). Any early childhood educator can take the initiative to join or support a COP. This article discusses ways to establish and bring the energy of communities of practice to the community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois