Emerging from the third space chrysalis: Experiences in a non-hierarchical, collaborative research community of practice

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Bickle, E., Bishopp-Martin, S., Canton, U., Chin, P., Johnson, I., Kantcheva, R., Nodder, J., Rafferty, V., Sum, K. and Welton, K. 2021. Emerging from the third space chrysalis: Experiences in a non-hierarchical, collaborative research community of practice. Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice. 18 (7), pp. 135-158. https://doi.org/10.53761/1.18.7.09
AuthorsBickle, E., Bishopp-Martin, S., Canton, U., Chin, P., Johnson, I., Kantcheva, R., Nodder, J., Rafferty, V., Sum, K. and Welton, K.
Abstract

This article discusses the creation of a research-focused virtual community of practice (vCoP) for geographically-dispersed third space professionals, motivated by desires for enhanced professional collaboration, visibility and identity. The authors used collaborative autoethnography (CAE) to evaluate their personal reflections as vCoP participants. Data were gathered in two collaborative writing activities and analysed using thematic analysis (TA). The TA identified two connected themes, which capture the vCoP members’ aspirations to transcend their current roles and be research-active through connecting with like-minded professionals. Collaborative writing activities, including authoring this paper, cultivated elements of academic identity such as independence and purpose. A non-hierarchical and supportive vCoP environment allowed the members to work beyond time and institutional constraints to foster the evolution of the community and an emerging sense of professional identity beyond that typically associated with third space roles. The paper offers a model of collaboration that could help groups in similar situations.

KeywordsThird space,,, , ; Professional identity; Professional culture; Virtual community of practice; Learning development
Year2021
JournalJournal of University Teaching & Learning Practice
Journal citation18 (7), pp. 135-158
PublisherUniversity of Wollongong
ISSN1449-9789
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.53761/1.18.7.09
Official URLhttps://ro.uow.edu.au/jutlp/vol18/iss7/09/
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