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ERIC Number: EJ835292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3736
Rethinking the Concept of Community of Practice in Relation to Schoolteachers' Workplace Learning
Hodkinson, Heather; Hodkinson, Phil
International Journal of Training and Development, v8 n1 p21-31 Mar 2004
This paper explores two different ways of understanding communities of practice in relation to workplace learning. This is based upon a case study of secondary school teachers working and learning in four subject departments in two English schools. In spite of institutional similarities, the cultures and working practices of the departments were different, and influenced the learning of the workers significantly. In such contexts, a tight conceptualisation of community of practice can form a valuable intermediate scale of analysis, between the individual learner and wider organisational influences on learning. However, communities of practice can also have a valuable meaning in relation to the wider influences and in situations where close-knit groupings do not exist.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)