Collaboration: Building a Community of Practice
¡PUEDE! intends to go beyond its joint assignments and shared clinical experiences to build a true Community of Practice (CoP) among its scholars. The CoP model recognizes that deep learning occurs in social contexts in which people have common goals, and that a shared identity emerges through “engaging in and contributing to the practices of their communities.” Further, it provides for integration, collaboration, and alignment across diverse professional perspectives.
A 3-part structure organizes CoP:
- Mutual Engagement
- Joint Enterprise
- Shared Repertoire
¡PUEDE! mutually engages bilingual SP and bilingual SLP in discussions of research and best practice, shared assignments from project seminars with collaborative work, and joint assignments on school sites. They do so with the joint enterprise of becoming skilled transdisciplinary team members to support DL/
Their shared repertoire of tools, processes, and case intervention examples will also be part of our dissemination efforts. Further, CoP engages what Wenger called “boundary encounters,” focusing on challenging interdisciplinary communication issues, and deliberately using highly skilled brokers who straddle different communities of practice and facilitate the exchange process.”
For ¡PUEDE! those brokers include skilled SP and SLP mentors who have themselves practiced successfully across disciplines, and the modeling of our faculty members across SLP and SP.