Types of Learning Community
Communities have different foundations including, as Mark Smith says, sharing common space, having common interests, and developing a community of meaning. And there are many different types of learning community. Here are some basic types of learning community.
When people have the same material to study, it can be very useful to do it together. So a study circle is a small group of people who meet multiple times to discuss an issue. More here
Action research teams
Action research has been explored vigorously for several decades. Here is a simple definition.
Action research is a reflective process of progressive problem solving led by individuals working with others in teams . . . to improve the way they address issues and solve problems. More here
Professional Learning Communities
Professional Learning Communities are formal and systematic ways in which groups of educators come together to explore different aspects of teaching, usually for the expressed purpose of improving their own skills and so enhance student learning outcomes. More here
This is a term that describes a practice that has roots in many different traditions. It is the practice of being seated in a circle and using some routines and procedures to make it easier for people to deal with difficult issues, to be able to speak their truth, and to be heard. More here
Communities of Practice
In recent years it has become clear that much of what people learn about their jobs and professions is picked up informally from conversations with their colleagues and others. Lave and Wenger coined the term “communities of practice” to explain this phenomenon. They also developed a structured process for creating communities of practice. More here.
Dialogue in its most popular form was the brainchild of Physicist David Bohm. It is a process of opening up conversation without being attached to outcomes, so that the participants can access a common and deep “flow of meaning.” Participants are encouraged to listen to themselves (listen to the listener) as well as listen to each other. More here.
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