Communities of Practice: Creating Learning Environments for Educators

Editors, Chris Kimble, Paul Hildreth and Isabelle Bourdon
Publisher, Information Age Publishing

As a two volume set:
Hard cover ISBN: 1593118678 , Soft cover ISBN: 159311866X

As separate volumes:
Hard Cover - Vol 1 ISBN: 1593118635 , Vol 2 ISBN: 1593118651
Soft Cover - Vol 1 ISBN: 1593118627 , Vol 2 ISBN: 1593118643

Volume 1, Chapter 8 - Becoming One of Them': The Experience of Institution-Based Educators Providing Training in Companies in Australia


Vocational education and training (VET) in Australia, as in many countries, has undergone considerable reform over the past 15 years. One of the key features is that VET teachers have been increasingly encouraged to shift their practice from the classroom to the workplace. This chapter examines ways in which a group of VET teachers learned how to work in companies and navigate the spaces between Communities of Practice in the company and those in their 'home' institute. It is based on 34 interviews in six case studies, each case comprising a VET institute and a company. The findings highlight how Communities of Practice might be used as an explanatory framework to assist teachers to make meaning of their work with industry, and of the challenges they confront as they move between different sites of practice.


Roger Harris
Michele Simons