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ERIC Number: EJ922210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5629
Communities of Practice: A Learning Strategy for Management Education
Monaghan, Catherine H.
Journal of Management Education, v35 n3 p428-453 Jun 2011
Teaching students self-directed learning skills provides benefits that outlast individual courses. An individual self-directed approach is insufficient, however, given the fast pace of change students encounter in their professional lives. Communities of practice combine self-directed and collaborative learning to meet the challenges of today's dynamic organizational environment. This article introduces a learning strategy based on communities of practice to help students gain in-depth knowledge about an individual passion related to the course topic that, in turn, contributes effectively to students' professional development outside of the formal classroom setting. In this article, I briefly discuss the characteristics of communities of practice in organizational environments, including their relevance and effectiveness; provide the details for implementing communities of practice as a learning strategy in a management education classroom; and present an assessment of this learning strategy. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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