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 2, Chapter 10 - Teacher-Librarian Communities: Changing Practices in Changing Schools


Isolated teaching professionals run the risk of marginalization when schools undergo reform unless they have support for redefining and aligning their practice. The concept of Communities of Practice (CoPs) is demonstrated here to be a useful and powerful means for designing and supporting new roles and identities among education specialists. This chapter describes how a CoP developed when six isolated Teacher-Librarians joined university researchers in a project studying high schools undergoing reform. The description focuses on the specific activities that were utilized to encourage and support learning within the CoP. These attempts met with varying levels of success as the Teacher-Librarians began to reshape their professional identity and redefine their professional practice. The chapter explores the lessons learned in relation to the emergent and designed properties of a CoP striving to assist isolated practitioners working in educational contexts undergoing extensive change.


Eric M. Meyers
Lisa P. Nathan
Matthew L. Saxton