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ERIC Number: EJ791937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
Developing a Community of Practice around Teaching: A Case Study
Laksov, Klara Bolander; Mann, Sarah; Dahlgren, Lars Owe
Higher Education Research and Development, v27 n2 p121-132 Jun 2008
It is neither easy to change teacher thinking, nor is it easy to influence teaching practice by handing teachers the tools to do this in a course. It is suggested in this paper that it is not enough to let teachers who teach take a course on teaching in higher education. The process of influencing teachers' thinking should include working with the communities within which they practise. One way of doing this is to apply the theory of communities of practice to the academic department. Drawing from quantitative, as well as qualitative, data during one year, this case study describes the process of a collaborative project aimed at increasing the educational quality at a research-intensive department, and how what happened in the project seemed to contribute to the development of a community of practice to include teaching and learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden (Stockholm)