n Gender and Behaviour - Establishing a community of practice : from outsiders to insiders
|Article Title||Establishing a community of practice : from outsiders to insiders|
|© Publisher:||IFE Centre for Psychological Studies (ICPS)|
|Journal||Gender and Behaviour|
|Affiliations||1 University of South Africa, 2 University of Pretoria, 3 University of Pretoria and 4 University of the Free State|
|Publication Date||Jan 2016|
|Pages||7028 - 7039|
|Keyword(s)||Collaboration, Community of practice, Formal work group and Informal network|
A shared interest in scholarship of teaching and learning between three academics/ researchers stimulated the establishment of a community of practice. The spontaneous formation of the group developed into a formal and functioning CoP. The aim of this article is to explore the transformation of a group of nursing academics who started as outsiders in a support group to becoming insiders in a community of practice. A single intrinsic longitudinal case study design within a theory of action was used to illuminate and explicate the experiences of participants during the development (analytical frame) of a community of practice (object). Four themes were identified from the four construct bins, namely shared domain of interest, informal network, formal work group and community of practice. A true sense of belonging with concrete academic and research-related outcomes and a shared vision statement and values and beliefs clarification for sustainability characterizes the flourishing group.
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