Communities of Practice: Creating Learning Environments for Educators

Editors, Chris Kimble, Paul Hildreth and Isabelle Bourdon
Publisher, Information Age Publishing

As a two volume set:
Hard cover ISBN: 1593118678 , Soft cover ISBN: 159311866X

As separate volumes:
Hard Cover - Vol 1 ISBN: 1593118635 , Vol 2 ISBN: 1593118651
Soft Cover - Vol 1 ISBN: 1593118627 , Vol 2 ISBN: 1593118643

Volume 1, Chapter 7 - Improving Practice in Australia's Vocational Education and Training Sector through Communities of Practice


The Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector is focused on developing an industry-led, demand-driven national training system that is underpinned by training providers forming effective relationships with clients. Forming these relationships is challenging for VET practitioners when there are so many stakeholders involved, including industry bodies, employers, unions, employees and training providers. Communities of Practice emerge from a study of thirty one communities established around Australia in 2005 as an effective mechanism for VET practitioners in establishing productive relationships between these many stakeholders and hence improving the professional practice of these practitioners.


John Mitchell
Suzy McKenna
Susan Young