Adult learners in the workplace: online learning and communities of practice

Stacey, Elizabeth, Smith, Peter and Barty, Karin 2004, Adult learners in the workplace: online learning and communities of practice, Distance education, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 107-123, doi: 10.1080/0158791042000212486.

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Title Adult learners in the workplace: online learning and communities of practice
Author(s) Stacey, Elizabeth
Smith, Peter
Barty, Karin
Journal name Distance education
Volume number 25
Issue number 1
Start page 107
End page 123
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2004-05
ISSN 0158-7919
Summary Seven in-employment postgraduate Master's level students in an e-learning unit participated in this research, designed to identify tensions between participation in a community of learning that was part of their studies, and participation in the communities of practice that they were engaged in at their workplaces. It was hypothesised that participation in both these forms of community in their different contexts may enhance each other, or could potentially have a disrupting effect on each. The research employed an interviewing technique. The students' perceptions of the impact of participation in the one form of community on their participation in the other was mixed, with some suggesting that it was enhancing, and others suggesting the contrary, or that there was no impact. The findings indicate that the enhancing effect of participation in communities of learning relevant to a learner's workplace community of practice occur when the learning tasks are designed to enable negotiation of tasks and collaboration with learners who have similar workplace issues.
Notes Online Publication Date: 01 May 2004
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/0158791042000212486
Field of Research 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Taylor & Francis
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