You are here:

Conceptual and Practical Issues Related to the Design for and Sustainability of Communities of Practice: The Case of E-Portfolio Use in Preservice Teacher Training
ARTICLE

,

Technology, Pedagogy and Education Volume 16, Number 2, ISSN 1475-939X

Abstract

According to Barab "et al." (2004), the ideal community of practice (CoP) is a "persistent, sustained social network of individuals, who share and develop an overlapping knowledge base, set of beliefs, values, history, and experiences focused on a common practice and/or mutual enterprise" (p. 55). Thus, a CoP has a social purpose of supporting peers and colleagues by sharing knowledge and artifacts that serve authentic practice. E-portfolios, online versions of longstanding practice in teacher education, would appear to be ideal candidates to undertake such a task. Nevertheless, the authors argue that conceptual and practical issues must be addressed before significant changes can occur. In the end, a healthy critique of the conceptual and practical aspects of supporting communities of practice online will result in more authentic, effective training of our next generation of teachers.

Citation

Evans, M.A. & Powell, A. (2007). Conceptual and Practical Issues Related to the Design for and Sustainability of Communities of Practice: The Case of E-Portfolio Use in Preservice Teacher Training. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 16(2), 199-214. Retrieved October 14, 2019 from .

This record was imported from ERIC on April 18, 2013. [Original Record]

ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Copyright for this record is held by the content creator. For more details see ERIC's copyright policy.

Keywords

Cited By

View References & Citations Map

These links are based on references which have been extracted automatically and may have some errors. If you see a mistake, please contact info@learntechlib.org.