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Forming Communities of Practice: Education of Health Professionals in Interprofessional Settings

Sterrett, Susan Elaine (2008) Forming Communities of Practice: Education of Health Professionals in Interprofessional Settings. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh.

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    FORMING COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE: EDUCATION OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN INTERPROFESSIONAL SETTINGSSusan Elaine Sterrett, BSN, MSN, MBAUniversity of Pittsburgh, 2008This qualitative study will describe and analyze the perspectives of health professions students, teachers and administrators involved in interprofessional learning experiences. The primary purpose of this study is to understand the phenomenon of participation in interprofessional learning experiences and the extent to which the elements of communities of practice are evident in these learning experiences. Interprofessionality indicates the development of a cohesive practice between professionals from different disciplines. The theoretical framework providing a context for this study is social learning theory, particularly Lave and Wenger's theory of communities of practice. A grounded theory study will utilize data obtained from semi-structured interviews and researcher memos to identify themes and concepts. The participants are graduate students, faculty and administrators from an interprofessional fellowship in developmental disabilities. The research will have implications for educators and administrators of educational programs who want to design, initiate, and sustain effective programs that promote interdisciplinarity. This study will contribute conceptually to the theory of effective interprofessional communities of practice, and to praxis through the development of a model of an effective, interprofessional community of practice.


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    Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
    Creators/Authors:
    CreatorsEmailORCID
    Sterrett, Susan Elainesuesterret@aol.com
    ETD Committee:
    ETD Committee TypeCommittee MemberEmailORCID
    Committee ChairPorter, Maureenmporter@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberTrovato, Charlenetrovato@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberOlshansky, Elleneolshans@uci.edu
    Committee MemberWeidman, Johnweidman@pitt.edu
    Title: Forming Communities of Practice: Education of Health Professionals in Interprofessional Settings
    Status: Unpublished
    Abstract: FORMING COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE: EDUCATION OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN INTERPROFESSIONAL SETTINGSSusan Elaine Sterrett, BSN, MSN, MBAUniversity of Pittsburgh, 2008This qualitative study will describe and analyze the perspectives of health professions students, teachers and administrators involved in interprofessional learning experiences. The primary purpose of this study is to understand the phenomenon of participation in interprofessional learning experiences and the extent to which the elements of communities of practice are evident in these learning experiences. Interprofessionality indicates the development of a cohesive practice between professionals from different disciplines. The theoretical framework providing a context for this study is social learning theory, particularly Lave and Wenger's theory of communities of practice. A grounded theory study will utilize data obtained from semi-structured interviews and researcher memos to identify themes and concepts. The participants are graduate students, faculty and administrators from an interprofessional fellowship in developmental disabilities. The research will have implications for educators and administrators of educational programs who want to design, initiate, and sustain effective programs that promote interdisciplinarity. This study will contribute conceptually to the theory of effective interprofessional communities of practice, and to praxis through the development of a model of an effective, interprofessional community of practice.
    Date: 30 June 2008
    Date Type: Completion
    Defense Date: 25 March 2008
    Approval Date: 30 June 2008
    Submission Date: 25 April 2008
    Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
    URN: etd-04252008-144003
    Uncontrolled Keywords: communities of practice; health professions education; interprofessional education
    Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 14:42
    Last Modified: 05 Jun 2012 10:32
    Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-04252008-144003/, etd-04252008-144003

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