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Developing a Community of Practice around Teaching: a Case Study.
University of Glasgow.
Karolinska Institutet.
2008 (English)In: Higher Education Research and Development, ISSN 0729-4360, E-ISSN 1469-8366, Vol. 27, no 2, 121-132 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

   It is neither easy to change teacher thinking, nor is it easy to influence teaching practice by handing teachers the tools to do this in a course. It is suggested in this paper that it is not enough to let teachers who teach take a course on teaching in higher education. The process of influencing teachers' thinking should include working with the communities within which they practise. One way of doing this is to apply the theory of communities of practice to the academic department. Drawing from quantitative, as well as qualitative, data during one year, this case study describes the process of a collaborative project aimed at increasing the educational quality at a research-intensive department, and how what happened in the project seemed to contribute to the development of a community of practice to include teaching and learning.

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2008. Vol. 27, no 2, 121-132 p.
Keyword [en]
academic development; community of practice; educational development; higher education
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-39169DOI: 10.1080/07294360701805259Local ID: 47047OAI: diva2:260018
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2010-06-14

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