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Enabling stories: narrative, leadership, learning and identity in a faculty-based teaching community of practice


Green, WJ and Ruutz, A and Houghton, L and Hibbins, R, Enabling stories: narrative, leadership, learning and identity in a faculty-based teaching community of practice, Implementing Communities of Practice in Higher Education: Dreamers and Schemers, Springer Nature Singapore Pty Ltd, J McDonald, A Cater-Steel (ed), Singapore, pp. 159-181. ISBN 978-981-10-2865-6 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-10-2866-3_8


This chapter explores the potential of communities of practice (CoPs) in universities to foster academic identity and social learning through a critical, reflective account of a faculty-based teaching community of practice (T-CoP). This ‘T-CoP’ is situated in a multi-disciplinary, multi-campus business faculty in a large Australian university. Our chapter begins by situating the T-CoP within its disciplinary, faculty, institutional and national contexts, and explaining how and why we intentionally designed it in order to foster inclusion and shared ownership. Key findings from our ongoing critical participatory action research project conducted in, and with the T-CoP are interrogated in order to address the following three questions. Firstly, how can we develop leaders, and a practice of distributed leadership, appropriate to the work of CoPs in universities? Secondly, how might CoPs in universities counter the still dominant traditional paradigm of ‘professional development’ as acquisition, and encourage their members to move towards more transformational approaches to professional learning? Thirdly, how do we negotiate the tensions between the need for a CoP to develop its own distinctive identity as a community and domain of practice and yet remain open and accessible to new members?

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:academic identity, community of practice, distributed leadership, narrative inquiry
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Green, WJ (Dr Wendy Green)
ID Code:122382
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2017-11-13
Last Modified:2018-05-25

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