Communities of Practice: Creating Learning Environments for Educators, Volume 2

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Chris Kimble, Paul M. Hildreth, Isabelle Bourdon
IAP, 2008 - Education - 444 pages
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The aim of this set of books is to combine the best of current academic research into the use of Communities of Practice in education with "hands on" practitioner experience in order to provide teachers and academics with a convenient source of guidance and an incentive to work with and develop in their own Communities of Practice. This set of books is divided into two volumes: volume 1 deals principally with the issues found in colocated Communities of Practice, while volume 2 deal principally with distributed Communities of Practice"
 

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Contents

Designing for Growth Enabling Communities of Practice to Develop and Extend Their Work Online
1
Holding the Virtual Space The Roles and Responsibilities of Community Stewardship
25
Education Leadership for a Networked World
45
Virtual ProblemBased Learning Communities of Practice for Teachers and Academic Developers An Irish Higher Education Perspective
67
Exploring the Potential of Online Communities of Practice for Distance Tutors
89
Supporting a Dispersed Community CoP Development in the Caribbean
107
Virtual Communities of Practice A Vehicle for Meaningful Professional Development
127
Distributing Teaching Presence Engaging Teachers of English to Young Learners in an International Virtual Community of Inquiry
149
Heads Together A Professional Online Community of Practice for Scottish Headteachers
241
Graduate Professional Education from a Community of Practice Perspective The Role of Social and Technical Networking
267
Learning Communities Are Not Mushrooms or How to Cultivate Learning Communities in Higher Education
287
Enabling Duality in Teaching and Learning Environmental Decision Making A Role For Communities of Practice?
309
The Adult Literacy Education Wiki as a Virtual Community of Practice
327
Implications of a Virtual Learning Community Model for Designing Distributed Communities of Practice in Higher Education
347
Online CoPs Towards the Next Generation
367
Gender and Moderation The Styles The Thing
395

Communities of Practice Across Learning Institutions
179
TeacherLibrarian Communities Changing Practices in Changing Schools
199
Communities of Practice at the Math Forum Supporting Teachers as Professionals
223
About the Contributors
417
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Chris Kimble is a lecturer in Information Systems in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York. Before moving to York, he was lecturer at the University of Newcastle's Business School, and a researcher for the Business School and Department of Computer Science at the University of Northumbria. His broad area of research is Knowledge Management. His areas of particular interest are Communities of Practice and the problems associated with supporting distributed working in a cross-cultural or trans-national context. He is the leader of Management and Information Systems Research group at York and a co-founder of the Northern Interest Group on Information Systems and Organisations (NISG). He has supervised a number of PhD students and has published over 40 articles in journals, conferences, reports and books. He is the academic contact for Knowledge Management for the WUN (Worldwide Universities Network) at the University of York and is a member of the editorial board of the journal Information Research.

After 11 years teaching Modern Languages, Paul Hildreth returned to university studies and pursued a course in IT completing both an MSc and a DPhil and focusing his work in the field of Knowledge Management, specifically explore the emerging and fascinating field of Communities of Practice and their impact on knowledge management efforts. Having completed his DPhil, Paul now runs his own independent Knowledge Management and computer consultancies.

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