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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. (Unpublished)

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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
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sterrett, Susan
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPorter, Maureenmporter@pitt.eduMPORTER
Committee MemberTrovato, Charlenetrovato@pitt.eduTROVATO
Committee MemberOlshansky,
Committee MemberWeidman, Johnweidman@pitt.eduWEIDMAN
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; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: communities of practice; health professions education; interprofessional education
Other ID:, etd-04252008-144003
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:42
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:42


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