Monday, April 17, 2006

What is a "community of practice?"--Discussion Question # 3

3. In his introduction to "communities of practice,"
http://www.ewenger.com/theory/communities_of_practice_intro_WRD.doc

Wenger writes, “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.”

Does this seem like the same idea as “learning to be?” Why or why not?

What are some of the typical activities of a community of practice?

1 comment:

Rachelle Hollinshead said...

Although I don't believe that "communities of practice" are exactly the same as "learning to be", I think there is a slight similarity. "Communities of practice" tend to already be somewhat homogeneous groups based around some type of similar interest, so they don't necessarily have to "learn to be" because they already are what they are because of the issue that binds them. However, as change occurs in the issue that connects them, they may find themselves "learning to be" in order to move forward.

When I think of "communities of practice", I think of associations that we may belong to. I also think of people who do the same type of work, but do it in different locations, such as Economic Development Directors or Main Street Diretors. Typical activities of these groups are sharing of resources, sharing of successes, etc.