Definition of Community of practice

Community of practice (CoP) is defined (source: Farnsworth, V., Kleanthous, I., & Wenger-Trayner, E. (2016). Communities of practice as a social theory of learning: A conversation with Etienne Wenger. British journal of educational studies, 64(2), 139-160.) as a group of people that share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. The learning process happens because people are part of a community that share the same identity and practice. ‘Learning’ becomes the result of the interaction between four pillars namely community, practice, identity and experience. In a disruptive and rapidly changing world this way of ‘learning’ is approriate.

The advantages of CoP are:

  1. a group of people can better handle the amount of knowledge and information than a single person;
  2. those who are part of a CoP respect each other and share the same vision on competence, passion and interest which makes the process of decision-making much easier and more reliable and it facilitates obtaining the objectives of the organization;
  3. CoP can be local but also in times of connectivity worldwide;
  4. CoP’s are very important in identity-building of a practitioner or organisation
  • Published
    Jan 28, 2022
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