community of practice

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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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Knowledge and learning are inherently social and "communities of practice are the building blocks of social learning systems" (Wenger, 2000, p.
They suggested that this learning occurs in communities of practice (CoPs), which 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 (Wegner, n.d.).
To investigate the factors affecting the communities of practice, have been selected students of Payame Noor University Tehran-North.
The value of communities unconnected to the practice of organisations and institutes, is frequently differentiated from professional communities of practice by describing them as communities of interests where learning is only factual knowledge construction and has no collective purpose (Henri & Pudelko 2003).
As might be expected, in the beginning the students had a somewhat naive view of communities of practice, especially as regards their role in helping bring one about.
Based on Wenger's (1998) communities of practice framework, what are the characteristics of the domain, community, and practice shown in peer interactions?
* Communities of practice and partnership should be high-integrity, highly motivated agents of transformation, if possible demonstrating how desired outcomes can best be achieved.
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.
At NCTAF, we look at communities of practice being a continuum, beginning with artisan teaching, which comes out of an expectation that there is a set of skills that most teachers know how to do.

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