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The development of expertise within a community of practice of scrabble players

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Abstract


  • This research examines the ways that highly ranked, competitive Scrabble players

    develop their skills and expertise. It focuses on the role of social interactions in the development

    of their expertise as members of the community of practice of Scrabble players. Using nine case

    studies and semi-structured interviews as a primary source of data, the research seeks to explore

    the range of interactions of the experts with other Scrabble players and the curriculum of

    knowledge that facilitated their journey from novice to expert. The professional interactions

    among peers in reference to tournaments, the bonds and friendships that have developed in the

    social sphere that accompanies club and tournament play, and specific relationships within the

    community such as rivalries, alliances and mentor/protÃÂégÃÂé relationships have been identified. In

    addition, the development and maintenance of cognitive and metacognitive skills of the experts,

    both inside and outside of the community, are explored.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Okulicz, E., Vialle, W. J. & Verenikina, I. M. (2007). The development of expertise within a community of practice of scrabble players. In I. M. Verenikina, P. M. Kell & G. J. Vogl (Eds.), Learning and Socio-Cultural Theory: Exploring Modern Vygotskian Perspectives (pp. 66-76). Wollongong: Research Online.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1003&context=llrg

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/edupapers/631

Start Page


  • 66

End Page


  • 76

Place Of Publication


  • Wollongong

Abstract


  • This research examines the ways that highly ranked, competitive Scrabble players

    develop their skills and expertise. It focuses on the role of social interactions in the development

    of their expertise as members of the community of practice of Scrabble players. Using nine case

    studies and semi-structured interviews as a primary source of data, the research seeks to explore

    the range of interactions of the experts with other Scrabble players and the curriculum of

    knowledge that facilitated their journey from novice to expert. The professional interactions

    among peers in reference to tournaments, the bonds and friendships that have developed in the

    social sphere that accompanies club and tournament play, and specific relationships within the

    community such as rivalries, alliances and mentor/protÃÂégÃÂé relationships have been identified. In

    addition, the development and maintenance of cognitive and metacognitive skills of the experts,

    both inside and outside of the community, are explored.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Okulicz, E., Vialle, W. J. & Verenikina, I. M. (2007). The development of expertise within a community of practice of scrabble players. In I. M. Verenikina, P. M. Kell & G. J. Vogl (Eds.), Learning and Socio-Cultural Theory: Exploring Modern Vygotskian Perspectives (pp. 66-76). Wollongong: Research Online.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1003&context=llrg

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/edupapers/631

Start Page


  • 66

End Page


  • 76

Place Of Publication


  • Wollongong