The development of expertise and identity within a community of practice: a networking model

Carina Buckley, Louise Frith

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This chapter examines the fluid, dynamic, and situated identities of a Learning Developer and what it means to work in this role within the shifting context of the ‘third space’. We present identity as a means of reconciling the substantive self – who we believe ourselves to be – with the situational self – that which is constructed via our contextualised relationships, and therefore closely aligned to the networks of which those relationships are part. We present a five-stage model for networking as a means of professional identity development, based on a Community of Practice approach, and connect identity to developing expertise.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHow to be a learning developer in higher education: critical perspectives, community and practice
EditorsAlicja Syska, Carina Buckley
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781003433347
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2023

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