McDonald, Jacquelin and Collins, Pauline and Hingst, Raymond D. and Kimmins, Lindy and Lynch, Bernadette and Star, Cassandra (2008) Community learning: member's stories about their academic community of practice. In: 31st HERDSA Annual Conference: Engaging Communities (HERDSA 2008), 1-4 July 2008, Rotorua, New Zealand.
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Communities of practice (CoPs) are generally endorsed in higher education, but there are few examples of successful communities within the Australian higher education context. This paper articulates the experiences of members of a Faculty community of practice as they share their stories about collegial support, fellowship, inspiration, problem-solving, essential administrative backing and cheese! The stories reflect the response of a group of academics to the development of a community of practice around learning and teaching within the business faculty of a small, regional Australian university with a diverse student cohort of domestic and international on-campus and external students. We argue that CoPs provide a number of key professional supports for academic staff: real communication and ongoing dialogue across institutional barriers; a sense of trust required to open up a safe place to share common challenges and enable social learning; support and professional development for course leaders; and a model of strategic thinking and strategic action in a changing institutional environment.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Additional Information:||No evidence of copyright restrictions on web site.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||community of practice model; higher education; story telling|
|Subjects:||330000 Education > 330100 Education Studies|
|Depositing User:||Dr Cassandra Star|
|Date Deposited:||19 Jun 2008 03:15|
|Last Modified:||25 May 2012 05:50|
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