Communities of Practice: A Heuristic for Workplace Reflection in Higher Education

Brown, Phil (2015) Communities of Practice: A Heuristic for Workplace Reflection in Higher Education. Rapport: The International Journal for Recording Achievement, Planning and Portfolios, 1.

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This article aims to trigger discussion of the utility of Lave and Wenger’s (1991) concepts of Legitimate Peripheral Participation (LPP) and Communities of Practice (CoP) (Wenger, 1998) as heuristics for workbased reflection by higher education students. It considers the key role identity plays within a social theory of learning utilising Wenger’s (2000) re-conceptualisation of Communities of Practice. More specifically the paper draws upon Wenger’s (2000) conceptualisation of modes of belonging; engagement; alignment; and imagination; within communities of practice. The paper explores the application of these concepts and how students might use them heuristically to develop deeper analytical reflections of work based learning in higher education. It is further suggested that these reflections of workplace learning are aligned to Personal Development Planning and future employment. In reconceptualising informal work based learning and reflection through a lens of Communities of Practice students may be able to manage their learning experiences and emerging professional identities more effectively.

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Keywords: work based learning, reflective practice, legitimate peripheral participation, employability, personal development planning
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Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2016 16:49
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