Communities of practice

24 November 2008

It is so nice when ones research and teaching interests intersect. As I’ve been studying practices, I’ve become increasing interested in the “situated” nature of practices (Suchman, 1987; Sharrock & Button, 2003; Lave 1991). This has led me to become increasing interested in the notion of Communities of practice This lead me to some reports about The Manchester Method as a means of teaching (especially with regard to MBA students). There is a helpful PowerPoint sideshow that puts the method into context (of course—where would we be without context).


Lave, J. (1991). Situating learning in communities of practice. In L. B. Resnick, J. M. Levine, & S. D. Teasley (Eds.), Perspectives on socially shared cognition (pp. 63–82). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sharrock, W., & Button, G. (2003). Plans and Situated Action Ten Years On. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 12(2), 259. doi: 10.1207/S15327809JLS1202_5.

Suchman, L. A. (1987). Plans and Situated Actions: The Problem of Human-Machine Communication (p. 203). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University-Press.