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Implications of Communities of Practice in Distance Rehabilitation Education

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Rehabilitation Education Volume 22, Number 3, ISSN 0889-7018


Rehabilitation counselor education is experiencing an explosion of knowledge, which is becoming increasingly difficult to organize and disseminate to students. Communities of practice, a form of social learning, provide a way to organize and disseminate information. Distance-based education programs are increasing within the field of rehabilitation; however, due to structural restraints, these programs face unique challenges in facilitating collaborative learning among students. This article provides rehabilitation educators with a conceptual overview of communities of practice and discusses how they impact students in distance rehabilitation education programs. Recommendations are provided for facilitating distance-based, student-oriented communities of practice. (Contains 1 table.)


Openshaw, K.P., Schultz, J.C. & Millington, M.J. (2008). Implications of Communities of Practice in Distance Rehabilitation Education. Rehabilitation Education, 22(3), 163-170. Retrieved October 19, 2021 from .

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