Improving practice in Australia's vocational education and training sector through communities of practice

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Author: Mitchell, John; McKenna, Suzy; Young, Susan


The term community of practice (CoP) was developed in the early 1990s to describe a mode of social learning. The wide-ranging use of CoPs in the Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector commenced in 2001 as part of the program called Reframing the Future. The authors report on an evaluative study of 31 CoPs funded in 2005. The chapter provides a summary of findings from the literature about the benefits of CoPs, the methodology used to evaluate the CoPs, some key themes emerging from the evaluation, and a discussion of the benefits of CoPs, particularly for individual...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Communities of practice; Skills and knowledge; Workforce development; Teaching and learning; Providers of education and training

Keywords: Skill development; Professional development; Vocational teachers; Teacher training; Teachers

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing, 2008

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Pages: pp.127-141

ISBN: 9781593118624; 9781593118679 (set)

Statement of responsibility: John Mitchell, Suzy McKenna, and Susan Young

Resource type: Book chapter

Document number: TD/TNC 96.741

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