Show simple item record Schwen, Thomas M. Hara, Noriko 2012-04-04T20:20:44Z 2012-04-04T20:20:44Z 2003
dc.identifier.citation Schwen, T. M., & Hara, N. (2003). Community of practice: A metaphor for online design? The Information Society, 19(3), 257-270. en
dc.identifier.uri en
dc.description.abstract This article examines four cases and identifies several issues associated with the concept of communities of practice. These cases describe different forms of communities of practice in various settings including consulting firms and legal firms. After introducing these cases, we address several issues that emerged from these cases and the research literature. First, we caution against the tendency to romanticize the communities of practice construct and especially online communities. The cross-case analysis points to five problems that should be considered before developing an online community of practice. These five problems include: prescriptive versus description distinction; ready-made versus communities in the making; knowledge of possession versus knowing in practice; mid-level social theory versus micro learning theory; and motivated members versus unwilling subjects. In sum, we believe that community of practice is not likely to be forced, but is emerging, and designers need to be aware of the characteristics of existing communities of practice to nurture them. en
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en
dc.relation.isversionof This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in The Information Society © 2003, Taylor & Francis; The Information Society is available online at and the article can be found at the following address: en
dc.subject Community Of Practice en
dc.subject Instructional Design en
dc.subject Learning Theory en
dc.subject Online Community en
dc.title Community of Practice: A Metaphor for Online Design? en
dc.type Article en

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