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Communities of Practice: An Ecosystem-Based Philosophy of Harmony in Education

Communities of Practice: An Ecosystem-Based Philosophy of Harmony in Education
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Author(s): Martha Ann Davis McGaw (Davis McGaw Family Foundation, USA)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 20
Source title: Handbook of Research on Ecosystem-Based Theoretical Models of Learning and Communication
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Elena A. Railean (Siberian Federal University, Russia & Moscow State Pedagogical University, Russia & Free International University of Moldova, Moldova)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7853-6.ch002

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Abstract

Despite continued efforts of educational professionals to develop a quality, meaningful classroom experience for teachers and students, relevant to employability, there still exists in the USA a skills gap. This gap has created a lack of a competitive advantage in the national and global marketplace as well as a low return on investment. There is a growing consensus that highly developed education systems are unlikely to be capable of the kind of change which is urgently needed. Community-building in education is not just about creating or defining a new work for teachers to do collaboratively. It is about changing a school's professional culture. Establishing communities of practice (CoP) involves the whole educational experience. Engaging with learning has become a central focus for educators, administrators, business, and community leaders. This chapter attempts to bridge the gap between the either-ors by presenting a learning ecosystem and three case studies highlighting successful CoPs.

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