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


Linda Polin, Pepperdine University, USA


Dr. Linda Polin holds the Davidson Endowed Professorship in education and technology at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology where she teaches graduate courses in learning, technology and design, as well as in action research methods. Dr. Polin consults with school districts, universities and software developers. Her current research interests focus on knowledge co-construction and sharing, i.e., learning, in informal online communities. She is studying informal yet self-organized learning communities in massively multiplayer online gaming and literature-based role-playing communities on the Web. Her most recent publications include Dialogue With a Practicing Community, in Duffy & Kirkley (eds), Learner Centered Theory and Practice in Distance Education, LEA, 2003; and with Margaret Riel, Models of Community Learning and Online Learning in Communities, in Barab, Kling, & Gray (eds) Designing Virtual Communities in the Service of Learning, Cambridge University Press, 2004. Dr. Polin also writes occasional pieces for the District Administrator magazine blog, The Pulse (


Volume 2, Chapter 13 - Graduate Professional Education from a Community of Practice Perspective: The Role of Social and Technical Networking