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dc.contributor.author Hara, Noriko
dc.contributor.author Schwen, Thomas M.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-06T14:21:06Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-06T14:21:06Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Hara, N., & Schwen, T. M. (2006). Communities of practice in workplaces: Learning as a naturally occurring event. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 19(2), 93-114. en
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1937-8327.2006.tb00367.x en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/14345
dc.description.abstract Since the 1990s we have seen an increase in consideration of social and cultural aspects of learning as a way to foster organizational learning and human performance. Despite strong interest among practitioners and scholars, the study of organizational learning is lacking in empirical research. The study described here calls attention to the importance of informal learning in designing effective learning environments for the training of professionals. The study examines how people share and construct their knowledge in a Public Defender's Office and conclude that there are six attributes of communities of practice (CoPs) that serve as scaffolding for organizational learning. The attributes are (1) a group of professionals, (2) development of a shared meaning, (3) informal network, (4) supportive culture-trust, (5) engagement in knowledge building, and (6) individuals' negotiation and development of professional identities. Implications for education and training in relation to the concept of CoPs are discussed. en
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell en
dc.relation.isversionof The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com. en
dc.subject Community of Practice en
dc.title Communities of Practice in Workplaces: Learning as a Naturally Occurring Event en
dc.type Article en


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