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community of practice

A generic UK term for medium- to long-term informal groups of people who focus on issues of mutual interest, which are created and supported by organisational initiatives that often emerge in response to a perceived threat or need.
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A communities of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a passion, a concern or a set of problems regarding a particular topic, and who interact regularly in order to deepen their knowledge and expertise, and to learn how to do things better.
This issue of Collaborative Librarianship focuses on communities of practice collaborating to improve our engagement with one another.
In research on organizations more generally, communities of practice (CoPs) are presented as one venue for such exchange of knowledge among peers (Lave & Wenger, 1991).
This study explores reading groups as communities of practice and how relational, interpersonal work occurs between readers.
Communities of practice have increasingly important in a lot of organizations as The American productivity and quality center in 2004 about the communities of practices says "communities of practices become the core strategy of the global organization.
Established Communities of Practice to share knowledge and experience among practitioners from Government, donor, civil society and academics to improve development effectiveness in support of India%s Development Goals.
The paper is about the role of informal communities of practice in general, and whilst it will have implications for informal learning practices in business organisations, a detailed discussion is beyond the scope of this paper.
Some specific topics include digital images and classical persuasion, and negotiating pedagogy and sustainability in communities of practice.
Reflecting in Communities of Practice offers important keys to teaching young children and keeping up with the latest practices, and tells how reflecting with colleagues is a method educators can use to share their ability to respond to children and share meaningful experiences with them.
Their concept, in a nutshell, was that communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.
NAAE calls its site Communities of Practice, and it has proven to be popular.
Over the last two decades, the notion of communities of practice (CoPs)--as a tool to collect and share both tacit and codified knowledge [2], [3] - has achieved an increased consideration and recognition among researcher in different disciplines including economics of innovation, organizational learning, management of human and social capital [4], [5], [6], [7] and predominantly as an important instrument of knowledge management [8],[9].

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