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ERIC Number: EJ950600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1277
Communities of Practice for Senior Volunteers: A Mutual Engagement Perspective
Gau, Wen-Bing
Educational Gerontology, v37 n11 p1009-1026 2011
Although the concept of communities of practice (CoPs) has been applied to many fields, the application within the context of the senior citizens' interaction must be different from those in the vocational arena. In Toy Clinic Shops (TCSs) in Taiwan, senior volunteers together sharpen their skills of repairing toys for school children, which can be viewed as a kind of CoP. Wenger (1998) has highlighted three factors for building a CoP. These include mutual engagement, joint enterprise, and shared repertoire. Mutual engagement is known to be the foundation of the other two elements. However, what are the keys to constructing senior citizens' mutual engagement? The author of this study has attempted to explore senior citizens' interactions by studying TCSs in Taiwan to reveal keys to facilitating members' mutual engagement. The findings will, hopefully, contribute to our understanding about gerontology education and provide know how to organize CoPs for senior citizens. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan