Establishing a culture of assessment is often described as the ideal state by assessment professionals and enthusiasts. Culture is complex - involving attitudes and behaviors - and there is no one set of foolproof steps for creating a culture of assessment. But it is possible to cultivate such a culture, and the theory behind Communities of Practice1 (CoP) provides the conceptual framework for doing so.
A CoP is a group of people that shares interest in a domain and develops expertise in the domain through regular interaction and activity. The elements2 of a CoP are:
The Assessment Office employs this framework in its planning and activities. Principles for cultivating CoPs take into account:
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