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Communities of practice: A brief introduction

  title={Communities of practice: A brief introduction},
  author={Etienne Charles Wenger},
Communities of practice are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavor: a tribe learning to survive, a band of artists seeking new forms of expression, a group of engineers working on similar problems, a clique of pupils defining their identity in the school, a network of surgeons exploring novel techniques, a gathering of first-time managers helping each other cope. A community of practice is not merely a community of interest--people… 
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For a vision of where the learning theory is going: Learning for a small planet: a research agenda. By Etienne Wenger, available at www.ewenger.com/research
  • For a vision of where the learning theory is going: Learning for a small planet: a research agenda. By Etienne Wenger, available at www.ewenger.com/research
  • 2004