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A cross-cultural study of learning communities in academic and business contexts


Yang, Y and Williamson, J, A cross-cultural study of learning communities in academic and business contexts, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 5, (9) pp. 163-176. ISSN 1833-1882 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.18848/1833-1882/cgp/v05i09/51869


The concept Communities of Practice (Wenger, 1998), a component of learning communities, has had a powerful influence in areas as diverse as business practice, interaction in academic departments, and in the way that school teachers plan for their students. This paper reports data from an ongoing cross-cultural study of practitioners' perceptions regarding ways to improve team and individual learning. The data are from three case studies: two university academic departments [one in Australia and one in China] and one Chinese hi-tech company. This allows comparison of ways in which learning communities operate in different cultural and political milieu. The study offers unique insights into how educational organizations operate as learning communities and, consequently, how we may be more effective in promoting workplace learning. © Common Ground.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Learning community, community of practice, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Comparative and cross-cultural education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Yang, Y (Dr Yang Yang)
UTAS Author:Williamson, J (Professor John Williamson)
ID Code:68068
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2011-03-09
Last Modified:2015-02-11
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