Online material lict - coming soon
- Concerning the online material, I plan to set up a list of
relevant online CoPs-related material, as a supplement to
what Chris has done for us.
In a hurry,
Chris et al,
Off the top of my head, this sounds like a fine idea to me.
As you say,
it works in well with the colloquium we are mounting and
would bring you
into that process, the the great benefit of all concerned. We
research on our community and our community has always
researchers, esp. if it is action research that feeds back into
I had a look at your bibliography dedicated to Webheads and
appreciate that you have highlighted a number of items for
personally out here in Abu Dhabi, I was a little disappointed
that none of these appear to be available online. Library
here are fairly minimal. Perhaps we can find a solution.
I've started an online bibliography of my own on the COP
page (Sus, your
work is online isn't it?). This is not to suggest that you
included online resources, only that this is the reality for me
am at present. My reaction to adversity is in any event to
working on a solution.
A far as I am concerned, please proceed with your research
that you find us worthy of study.
Subject: CoP proposal
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 12:27:07 +0200
From: Christopher Johnson
To: Vance Stevens <vstevens@...>, "Dr.
Susanne Nyrop <s.nyrop@...>, Teresa
<tmvaz@...>, Dafne <dygonza@...>
Hi Sus, Daf, Tere, John, and Vance,
I am writing to you all off-forum because I wanted to let you
something I have been thinking about and something I would
propose for Webheads.
As you all know, I have been doing dissertation research on
actually for the last two years. My original idea was to found
a CoP for
English for Professional Purposes professionals. Finding
stakeholders has been slow and less than rewarding. Also,
the stages of
CoP formation are impossible to predict because they vary
so much. These
past months have caused me to focus on Webheads, and
one main reason is
your interest in communities of practice.
My biggest concerns here are Sus and Vance because I don't
inadvertently step on anyone's toes. Sus does research on
practice (CoPs), and I would like to make sure that anything
I do in
this area does not interfere with her research, rather work in
that it would complement her research. I finally read one of
articles last night ("Cooperative Cultures in Sociotechnical
Communities"), and I am adding it to the Webheads reading
list in my
bibliography (finally). It seems to me my dissertation is
in a different direction than her research, but again, I hope
talk about any overlap. In Vance's case, I think we would
agree he is
the driving force behind this community -- not only the cat
herder -- I
would also say the main gardener. CoPs are organic,
dynamic, and grow. I
could imagine Vance thinking that a study in this respect is
something alive -- then killing it, pickling it, and tearing it
bit by bit. I would do my upmost not to present it this way,
Because Webheads is in a more advance stage of CoP
development than my
original idea, I thought a case study on Webheads comparing
activities with CoP theory would be useful for me as doctoral
(trying to become "doctor"), and I would be more than
happy to share my
findings with Webheads as recommendations, or simply
findings - for
I have looked over John's dissertation a few times, and my
go off in a different direction. It would focus on the WIA
the teachers), as opposed to the writing group (although the
boundaries are blurred -- a characteristic of CoPs, by the
study would address these basic questions: In what ways
correspond to a CoP and in what ways does it depart from
the CoP model?
What stage of CoP development is WIA in? There will be
questions (or rival hypotheses in case study lingo) that go
detail. I'm working on these right now. Off the top of my
are probably several ways Webheads correspond to a CoP
model, and some
ways it departs from the model. Luckily, no one is going to
give me a
Ph.D. for saying something off the top of my head, rather
careful data analysis and steps to make the analysis as
I would gather data for a specified amount of time analyzing
communication, as well as interviews and surveys with the
have also found a quantitative instrument for measuring
I am looking it over for its feasibilty as one (not the only)
analysis. The time frame of the study is something I need to
with my dissertation committee.
I think the nice thing about this is that this study would
the timing of your CoP presentation early next year. It would
to become quite involved with Webheads in this respect, and
I think this
work would aid you for the conference.
I have already discussed this with my dissertation advisor,
thinks it is a good direction to go. I would be very interested
honest feedback and thoughts as well. We already have a
Dr. Cat in
Webheading, and maybe it would be cool to have a Dr.
Facilator....or something like that.
Vance, if you think this should go into the forum, please go
Looking forward to your thoughts and opinions.
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