14. Communities of Practice

  1. D. Douglas Caulkins3 and
  2. Ann T. Jordan4
  1. Susan Squires1 and
  2. Michael L. Van De Vanter2

Published Online: 2 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118325513.ch14

A Companion to Organizational Anthropology

A Companion to Organizational Anthropology

How to Cite

Squires, S. and Van De Vanter, M. L. (2012) Communities of Practice, in A Companion to Organizational Anthropology (eds D. D. Caulkins and A. T. Jordan), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118325513.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell, USA

  2. 4

    University of North Texas, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Anthropology Department – University of North Texas, USA

  2. 2

    Oracle Labs, Redwood Shores, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 29 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199827

Online ISBN: 9781118325513

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Keywords:

  • education;
  • organizational anthropology;
  • student learning;
  • teacher training;
  • virtual communities of practice;
  • workplace communities of practice

Summary

Communities of practice was first adopted in education as a theory of learning, and by business, particularly within organizational development, as a knowledge management approach. This chapter reviews the literature on communities of practice. It is organized into five sections which call out the major areas in which communities of practice has had an influence. Each section provides an overview of the literature on communities of practice for the following domains: communities of practice definitions and theory, identities and belonging, learning and teaching methods using the theory of communities of practice, workplace communities of practice, and virtual communities of practice. The chapter finally addresses communities of scientific practice through the use of a case study.