The first #ResNetSLT Tweetchat of 2018 will take place on Wednesday, 31st January (7.30 - 8.30pm)

The chat will be based around the paper 'Thinking together: What makes Communities of Practice work?' and will be hosted by Sally Pratten (@salpratten) and Lucy Benjamin (@lucybenjaminSLT).

The paper discusses the development of 'Communities of Practice' (CoPs) of healthcare practitioners, and how these work effectively. Two case studies of communities of practice are considered - one thriving and high achieving, and the other less successful.

The main issue with the less successful example is that it was set up and not developed spontaneously. Also focused more on knowledge deployment rather than knowledge development.

Communities of Practice:
  • Groups of people who genuinely care about the same real-life problems or hot topics, and who on that basis interact regularly to learn together and from each other
  • Cannot be 'set up' - more of a spontaneous, organic process
  • Developed as an emergent and continuous process
  • Can be cultivated but not managed
'Thinking together':
  • Concept that is necessary for a CoP. People mutually guide each other through their understandings of the same problems in their area of mutual interest, and in this way share tacit knowledge
  • Needed for mutual engagement
  • Knowledge is redeveloped rather than literally transferred from one person to another - people discover each other’s performances in practice and they learn together and from each other
It is relevant to consider this in relation to ResNetSLT both in terms of:
  • How the ResNetSLT community of practitioners thinks together about real-life problems or hot topics around research
  • How each individual interacting with/within ResNetSLT uses these findings in their own workplace setting to communicate and share knowledge about real-life problems or topics
Questions for our Tweetchat discussions:
  • Do you believe you are a member of a CoP?
  • Name some examples of organised CoPs you have been involved in?
  • Name some examples of CoPs that develop spontaneously that you have been involved in?
  • What are the barriers to developing effective CoPs in your current post/role? And how could we overcome those barriers?

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