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CoP : Getting Started 3. Forming a Community of Practice. Based upon the work of Etienne Wenger Communities of Practice (COP) are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. Website:

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CoP: Getting Started 3


Forming a Community of Practice

  • Based upon the work of Etienne Wenger

  • Communities of Practice (COP) are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.

  • Website:

    • http://www.ewenger.com/theory/index.htm


IDEA Partnership: Another View of COP

  • www.ideaparternship.org

  • A Community of Practice (CoP) is quite simply a group of people that agree to interact regularly to solve a persistent problem or improve practice in an area that is important to them.

  • A New Approach to Solving Complex Educational Problems

    • Cashman, J., Linehan, P., & Rosser, M. (2007). Communities of Practice: A new approach to solving complex educational problems. Alexandria, VA: National Association of State Directors of Special Education.

    • http://www.ideapartnership.org/documents/CoPGuide.pdf


The Community and its practice groups

  • The community keeps the members focused on the big picture of behavioral health

  • The practice groups keep the community sensitized to the dimensions of the issues

  • Together, the community and the practice groups:

    • make connections

    • invite participation

    • create and share knowledge

    • change practice!!!


COPs involve sharing....

vision

passion

decision making

problem solving

knowledge

language

commitment

work


COPs are not successful because of like-minded people,they are successful because of shared passion.


3 Critical Elements to a COPReference: Etienne Wenger

  • The Domain

    • A “shared identify” that unifies the community

  • The Community

    • Members building relationships & helping each other. Members engaging in shared dialogues, activities, and information and resource sharing.

  • The Practice

    • Practitioners with a shared repertoire of resources that interact for a shared purpose.


5 Critical FunctionsReference: Etienne Wenger

  • Educate

    • Collecting and disseminating information related to problems of practice

  • Support

    • Provide a method for communicating and interacting (eg. Wiki worksite, Sharedwork.org, etc.)

  • Cultivate

    • Assist a group in “getting going” and sustaining a positive “rhythm of interaction”

  • Encourage

    • Promote the work and accomplishments of the community by talking about the work

  • Integrate

    • Involve and integrate the community work in the policies and decision-making of the organization


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