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Improving Incentives to Learning in the Workplace

Grant reference: L139251005

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TLRP: Rethinking communities of practice: a case study of school teachers' workplace learning
In a parallel paper in this Conference (Hodkinson and Hodkinson, 2003), we showed that the learning of secondary schoolteachers in England was strongly influenced by the culture of the departments to which those teachers belonged. We also argued that such departments exhibited many of the characteristics of a community of practice, as used by Lave and Wenger (1991), and further refined by Wenger (1998). Seeing the departments as communities of practice provided an intermediate level of analysis – smaller than the school as an organisation, and larger than the teacher as an individual. In this paper, we draw upon the data presented in the previous one, in order to critique the concept of community of practice, in relation to understanding the learning of the teachers in our study.
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Author P Hodkinson

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