Educators have advocated the use of informal complementary learning approaches such as Communities of Practice (CoPs) to support existing formal educational structures. They argue that educational structures need to leverage its social capital through informal learning to support the sociocultural approaches to instructions. The CoP concept has been successfully used in business and other organizational settings. However, its application in the educational setting has not been examined in a systematic and deliberate manner. This extended abstract establishes this primary research question by providing a preliminary literature review and also gives an overview of the planned research methodology.
Agrawal, Anukrati and Joshi, K. D., "Leveraging Social Capital through Classroom Communities of Practice" (2010). Proceedings of the 2010 AIS SIGED: IAIM International Conference on Information Systems Education and Research. 17.