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The Student International Community of Practice: a critical reflection on the shared experience of being a member, using creative hermeneutics

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: The Student International Community of Practice is a global network of more than

    30 doctoral candidates affiliated with the Centre for Person-centred Practice Research, at Queen

    Margaret University, Edinburgh. An ongoing challenge the community faces is its changing and growing

    membership; as members progress and complete their doctoral studies they leave the group, and as

    the centre grows new community members (doctoral candidates) join.

    Aim: To explore and describe the experience of being a member of the Student International

    Community of Practice, using a creative process of reflection and collaborative analysis, and to identify

    the implications for the future of the community and the integration of new members.

    Conclusion: The Student International Community of Practice is a valuable social learning experience

    for those who are members. It will continue to be a flourishing safe space if, despite its changing

    membership, we pay explicit attention to our agreed purpose, ways of working and values.

    Implications for practice/academic research:

    • Belonging to a sustainable and flourishing community of practice enhances learning, and

    decreases isolation and loneliness on the doctoral journey

    • A community of practice is sustainable when it is underpinned by a clear purpose, agreed ways

    of working and values, to which all members consistently pay explicit attention

UOW Authors


  •   Sanders, Kate (external author)
  •   Marriott-Statham, Kelly
  •   Mackay, Maria
  •   MacMillan, Ailsa (external author)
  •   Rennie, Karen (external author)
  •   Robinson, Betty Ann. (external author)
  •   Teeling, Sean Paul. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Sanders, K., Marriott-Statham, K. A., Mackay, M. T., MacMillan, A., Rennie, K., Robinson, B. Ann. & Teeling, S. Paul. (2020). The Student International Community of Practice: a critical reflection on the shared experience of being a member, using creative hermeneutics. International Practice Development Journal, 10 (1), 1-11.

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 11

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Background: The Student International Community of Practice is a global network of more than

    30 doctoral candidates affiliated with the Centre for Person-centred Practice Research, at Queen

    Margaret University, Edinburgh. An ongoing challenge the community faces is its changing and growing

    membership; as members progress and complete their doctoral studies they leave the group, and as

    the centre grows new community members (doctoral candidates) join.

    Aim: To explore and describe the experience of being a member of the Student International

    Community of Practice, using a creative process of reflection and collaborative analysis, and to identify

    the implications for the future of the community and the integration of new members.

    Conclusion: The Student International Community of Practice is a valuable social learning experience

    for those who are members. It will continue to be a flourishing safe space if, despite its changing

    membership, we pay explicit attention to our agreed purpose, ways of working and values.

    Implications for practice/academic research:

    • Belonging to a sustainable and flourishing community of practice enhances learning, and

    decreases isolation and loneliness on the doctoral journey

    • A community of practice is sustainable when it is underpinned by a clear purpose, agreed ways

    of working and values, to which all members consistently pay explicit attention

UOW Authors


  •   Sanders, Kate (external author)
  •   Marriott-Statham, Kelly
  •   Mackay, Maria
  •   MacMillan, Ailsa (external author)
  •   Rennie, Karen (external author)
  •   Robinson, Betty Ann. (external author)
  •   Teeling, Sean Paul. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Sanders, K., Marriott-Statham, K. A., Mackay, M. T., MacMillan, A., Rennie, K., Robinson, B. Ann. & Teeling, S. Paul. (2020). The Student International Community of Practice: a critical reflection on the shared experience of being a member, using creative hermeneutics. International Practice Development Journal, 10 (1), 1-11.

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 11

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom