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Online communities of practice as a possible model to support the development of a portal for science teachers

Jelfs, Anne; Harvey, Jen and Jones, Ann (2007). Online communities of practice as a possible model to support the development of a portal for science teachers. In: Lambropoulo, Niki and Zaphiris, Panayiotis eds. User-Centered Design of Online Learning Communities. Hershey PA: Information Science Publishing, pp. 141–160.

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This chapter looks at how the ideas discussed in the literature on online communities and communities of practice have been applied to the development of two European “blended” communities: communities with both online and face-to-face components. The chapter discusses the development and support of two communities of science teachers located in Ireland and Bulgaria as a way to support the development of an online portal. We discuss the communities in relation to recognized criteria and features that may be conducive to the success of small communities, and specifically online communities and how these relate to the different stages of resource development. Sociotechnical findings indicate the need to blend the face-to-face meetings with electronic communications. The role of a key respected teacher/educator was also a pivotal feature in gaining the trust and respect of other participants at an initial stage.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2007 Idea Group Inc
ISBN: 1-59904-358-0, 978-1-59904-358-6
Keywords: “blended” communities; on-line communities; science teachers; communities of practice
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 38761
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2013 09:43
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:19
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