Communities of practice: facilitating social learning in higher education

Edited book

McDonald, Jacquie and Cater-Steel, Aileen (ed.) 2017. Communities of practice: facilitating social learning in higher education. Singapore. Springer.
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Communities of practice: facilitating social learning in higher education

Book CategoryEdited book
ERA Publisher ID3337
EditorsMcDonald, Jacquie and Cater-Steel, Aileen
Number of Pages622
Place of PublicationSingapore
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In this book about communities of practice in the international, higher education sector, the authors articulate the theoretical foundations of communities of practice (CoPs), research into their application in higher education, leadership roles and how CoPs sustain and support professional learning. Research demonstrates that communities of practice build professional and personal links both within and across faculty, student services and administrative and support units. This book describes how community of practice members may be physically co-located and how social media can be used to connect members across geographically diverse locations. It positions higher education communities of practice within the broader community of practice and social learning literature, and articulates the importance of community of practice leadership roles, and the growing focus on the use of social media for community of practice implementation. The multiple perspectives provide higher education leaders, academic and professional staff with the means to establish, or reflect on existing CoPs, by sharing insights and critical reflections on their implementation strategies, practical guidelines and ideas on how community of practice’s theoretical underpinnings can be tailored to the higher education context.

Keywordscommunity of practice; higher education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020399999. Other education not elsewhere classified
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Byline AffiliationsLearning and Teaching Support Unit
School of Management and Enterprise
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