Developing a community of practice around teaching: a case study

  • Laksov K
  • Mann S
  • Dahlgren L
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It is neither easy to change teacher thinking, nor is it easy to influence teaching practice by
handing teachers the tools to do this in a course. It is suggested in this paper that it is not enough
to let teachers who teach take a course on teaching in higher education. The process of
influencing teachers’ thinking should include working with the communities within which
they practise. One way of doing this is to apply the theory of communities of practice to the
academic department. Drawing from quantitative, as well as qualitative, data during one year,
this case study describes the process of a collaborative project aimed at increasing the
educational quality at a research-intensive department, and how what happened in the project
seemed to contribute to the development of a community of practice to include teaching and

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  • K Laksov

  • S Mann

  • L Dahlgren

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