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re: concrete examples of Chris Johnson's graphic by Diane

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  • Chris Jones
    ... the concrete examples of Chris graphic. Here it is: 1. provide specific examples of Practice, including artifacts, community and implicit knowledge,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 31 1:36 PM
      --- Diana Hibbert asked me to post her response about
      the concrete examples of Chris' graphic. Here it is:

      1. provide specific examples of Practice, including
      artifacts, community and implicit knowledge, stories,
      and collaboration

      As I think about COPS, how to defines them I realise
      there is a need to distinguish those groups which have
      to have a legal structure because of funding issues
      etc, and to put them on a continuum or a growth
      cycle,
      because with size and time, successful independent COP
      groups evolve into co-ops, trusts, formalised clubs,
      partnerships and companies�and suddenly realise that
      this study connects to research on women�s co-ops
      which I did 20 years ago. Anyway..

      1. I belonged to the Co-counselling movement and
      joined a facilitation skills community of practice
      group. I think these were the best examples of
      face to face COPs I can think of � and several of the
      fac sk grp founded a successful international business
      and produced about four books on facilitation. The
      tacit to explicit knowledge process and content that
      surfaced in these groups was truly enlightening!

      2. I�ve also belonged to groups with similar
      characteristics although not online COPs to any marked
      extent. e.g. cofounded a musicians & writers group,
      parents & children�s pottery group, and researchers
      group. The first became primarily a Poetry club and
      has produced collections and performances for about 30
      years now.

      3. For several years I volunteered with a solo
      parent�s self help group which produced a lot of
      useful artifacts, such as a self help manual, grants
      and projects, influencing law changes, providing
      services) � this introduces a whole other field to
      COPs.

      4. Also a group of technical communicators and school
      syndicates of teachers creating courses, moderation,
      and test creation groups, which are only slightly more
      formal than COPs either by having to report to an
      authority or by having been structured along formal
      organisational lines - ,Artifacts produced � course
      outlines, books, etc.


      2. in reference to Community, there has already been a
      lot of discussion about this area, especially novices,
      boundary practice, and experts. Perhaps we could
      focus more on the movement to expertise and the role
      of reflection, social scaffolding, rotating
      leadership, negotiated meaning, facilitation, and
      trust. All these groups demand trust as a basic
      requisite, but the counselling, self-help performing
      & writing, groups need more safety than most..so
      could I propose a continuum along those lines? Also
      all of these involve degrees of reflection � in the
      coco group these are semiformalised into (groupwide)
      processes of self and peer accreditation and
      assessment and (pairwork) a refelective framework of
      varying degrees implicit in the range of
      counselling/actionplanning contracts. Rotating
      leadership was particularly a feature of the
      self-help (i.e. once a month, all roles were rotated)
      and counselling groups ( thought there was a circle of
      expert trainers and facilitators who rotated roles for

      different projects. �Leadership� however has many
      forms, and while it is easy to distinguish
      formal/informal leaders in a formal org � not so easy
      in co-ops and loose groups, where you often still get
      both to some degree.

      Scaffolding is a term I find confusing. In my most
      recent online collaborative tutorial group , which is
      quite task driven, the task doesn�t get underway until
      one of us posts a table or outline of a possible
      product � just as Chris� diagram has helpd focus
      discussion. Isn�t this a kind of scaffolding? In the
      Co-co group, the scaffolding is a process outline
      which we contract into, and which protects us from
      breach of confidentiality and situations we can�t
      handle etc

      In EFL it has another more specialised reference. An
      example is teaching essay writing by tightly
      controlled examples, charts, activities for each
      section and skill which I believe is very useful for
      novices, but can be an unfortunate pressure toward
      conformity, even at much higher levels. ( Does
      anyone else suspect that the influx of EFL. Students
      into English language dominated Universities is
      actually dumbing down and making writing/marking
      standards so inflexible that originality is actively
      discouraged?) But you are talking I suppose about the
      social scaffolding of mutually shaping responses to an
      acceptable format. ????

      3. give specific examples of the Knowledge Domain.
      What does it consist of? How do members access it?

      This question is too big to refer to all the different
      domains of knowledge my examples cover!!


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