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  • cbauer-ramazani@smcvt.edu
    Isn t it great when we re all correct? Your final sentence made me laugh, Vance. Thanks for the humor and thank you very much for posting the direct
    Message 1 of 3 , Jan 30, 2003
      Isn't it great when we're all correct? Your final sentence made me laugh,
      Vance. Thanks for the humor and thank you very much for posting the direct
      quotations from the source. I don't have this book, but it would be worth
      my while to get it!
      Christine

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Vance Stevens [mailto:vstevens@...]
      Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2003 5:56 AM
      To: evonline2002_webheads@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [evonline2002_webheads] Re: Communities of Practice--definition


      Don Carroll wrote:

      > Chris and all,
      >
      > >If you just get together and talk about something, that's not a CoP.
      > Sure, you talk (a lot) in a CoP, but the members also need to do things
      > together ("engage in practice").
      >
      > The question here is just what counts as 'doing something.' Negotiating
      > identities, co-constructing the societies we live in -- I would consider
      > these pretty important somethings and these are accomplished first and
      > foremost through "just talking together." In other words, talking IS
      doing!
      >
      > -Don

      As long as I've got my Wenger, McDermott, and Snyder, Cultivating
      Communities of Practice, 2002, Harvard Business School Press open, to page 4
      this time, What is a CoP?

      "CoPs are groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems or a
      passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this
      area by interacting on an ongoing basis."

      "As they spend time together, they typically share information insight, and
      advice ... help each other solve problems ... discuss ... ponder .. explore
      .. they may create tools ..." etc. "... or they may simply develop a tacit
      understanding that they share. However they accumulate knowledge, they
      become informally bound by the value that they find in learning together.
      This value is not merely instrumental ... personal satisfaction ... develop
      a unique perspective on their topic as well as a body of common knowledge,
      practices, and approaches ... personal relationships and established ways of
      interacting. They may even develop a common sense of identity. They become
      a community of practice." (p. 5 now)

      After giving examples ranging from prehistoric gatherings to guilds in
      Europe and their modern offshoots in Detroit and Silicon Valley, ...
      "Communities of practice are everywhere. We all belong to a number of them
      -- at work, at school, at home, in our hobbies. Some have a name, some
      don't."

      So according to this you're all correct,
      Vance




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