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Practice, learning, meaning, identity

Abstract: People who work together learn together and eventually form a community bound by the pursuit of the same goal. They develop a shared understanding of work through mutual engagement. These communities, which can be called 'communities of practice,' are informal experiences yet are a crucial part of every day life. Every person is a member of such a community whether they realize it or not. Unlike formal organizations with structures and schedules, communities of practice form, evolve and break up in accordance with the social energy of its members' learning process. They have no official beginning or ending so that they may take a while to develop or may persist even after a formal group is dissolved.