Interviews with actors and protagonists of Communities of Practice in Lifelong Learning
Currently the partnership is conducting interviews with actors and protagonists of Communities of Practice in Lifelong Learning. This research in particular is focused on communities, which either emerged from or which are linked up with the Lifelong Learning Program of the European Union. The overall aim is to make visible pathways of development, the functioning of the communities within the wider context of lifelong learning policies and good practice developed.
In the interviews we apply a "storytelling" approach, which shall support the identification and analysis of criticial incidents, appearing in those Communities of Practice. The sample of critical incidents later on will be analyzed with regard to their meaning for personal development, the evolution of skills and competences, the social relationships of the community members, and the long-term impact they may have on the professional careers of the actors involved. The research is expected to reveal the critical success factors of those communities, and to deliver good practice towards the building of a European Platform for Communities of Practice in Lifelong Learning.
The results and findings will be documented in a single background report, which will be available in electronic format. The background report will be disseminated through this website and the DISCUSS Communites of Practice.
The research activities are coordinated by Prof. Thomas Eckert, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, with the support of Prof. Michael Osborne and Dr. Lesley Doyle, Glasgow University.