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The Reverse LPP Process for Nurturing a Community of Practice

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Educational Media International Volume 43, Number 4, ISSN 0952-3987


In this article we suggest a facilitating process for nurturing a community of practice (CoP). This process can be seen as a reverse LPP (legitimate peripheral participation) process where a community starts with a group of core members and gradually grows to encourage new members into a CoP. In the heart of the reverse LPP process is the identity formation and enculturation of practice. A case study in the Singapore context is introduced. The discussion focuses on how leadership in a community of practice differs from leadership in an organization and how the two roles may complement each other. Some key issues are identified such as the intrinsic motivational dimensions of CoPs and these should be well understood by potential facilitators and designers of CoPs. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)


Hung, D., Chen, D.T. & Koh, T.S. (2006). The Reverse LPP Process for Nurturing a Community of Practice. Educational Media International, 43(4), 299-314. Retrieved May 25, 2022 from .

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