Reference: http://www.ncddr.org/cop/whatiscop.html

Communities of Practice act as groups of people who share a concern or passion for something they do and they learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.

The three characteristics below are vital to a community of practice:

  1. The Domain
  2. The Community
  3. The Practice

Examples:

a tribe learning to survive, a group of engineers working on similar problems, a clique of pupils defining their identity in the school, a network of surgeons exploring novel techniques etc.

 

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