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Developing the public health workforce: a 'communities of practice' perspective.

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>04/2006
<mark>Journal</mark>Policy and Politics
Issue number2
Volume34
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)265-285
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The qualitative research described in this article aims to explore the dynamics of routine public health practice and policy within two local health systems. Using a theoretical framework drawn from social science and management literatures on 'communities of practice' (Wenger, 1998), we seek to illuminate the values and ideas that shape the way in which public health practice and policy making is 'done' on a routine basis. In particular, we suggest that people's narratives about their daily work resonate with the concepts of engagement, peripheral participation and marginalisation used in the communities of practice literature.

Bibliographic note

RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration