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Table 1 Stages of CoP Development (adapted from Wenger et al. 2002)

From: A community of practice approach to enhancing academic integrity policy translation: a case study



Key activities

Stage 1: Potential

People face similar situations with the benefit of a shared practice

Finding each other and discovering commonalities

Stage 2: Coalescing

Members come together and discover their potential

Exploring connectedness, defining joint enterprise, negotiating community

Stage 3: Active

Members engage in developing a practice

Engaging in joint activities, creating artifacts, adapting to changed circumstances, renewing interest, commitment and relationships

Stage 4: Dispersed

Members no longer engage very intensely but the community is still alive as a force and a centre of knowledge

Staying in touch, holding reunions, calling for advice

Stage 5: Dormant

The community is no longer central but people still remember it as a significant part of their identities [and practice]

Telling stories, preserving artifacts, collecting memorabilia