实践共同体是一个共享的企业，成员通过他们的活动和他们与社区内其他成员的联系做出有意义的贡献。”做法是，首先，一个过程，我们可以体验世界以及我们与它作为有意义的接触。”（旺热，1998，p. 51）参与提供了一个更大的社区内学习者身份认同感，一种“意义不断谈判的个人在社区中。”（旺热，1998，p. 55）意义协商在实践社区的中心原则，在个人参与和物化之间的空间存在的意义在哪里。 参与是一个流动的过程，在追求有意义的事业活动涉及，并促进一种相互关联的感觉和身份在社区；物化的过程或产品从社区成员有目的的努力的结果。（旺热，1998，p. 63）在一个二元对立的紧张状态存在的参与和具体化，在“意义不断谈判的个人在社区中。
A community of practice is a shared enterprise where members contribute meaningfully through their activity and their connection with other members within the community. "Practice is, first and foremost, a process by which we can experience the world and our engagement with it as meaningful." (Wenger, 1998, p. 51) Participation provides a sense of identity within a larger community of learners, one in which "meaning is constantly being negotiated by individuals within the context of communities." (Wenger, 1998, p. 55) Negotiation of meaning is a central tenet within communities of practice, where meaning exists in the space between individual participation and reification.Participation is a fluid process that involves activity in the pursuit of meaningful endeavours, and promotes a sense of connectedness and identity within the community; reification is the process or product that results from purposeful efforts of community members. (Wenger, 1998, p. 63) Participation and reification exist in a dualistic state of tension, where "meaning is constantly being negotiated by individuals within the context of communities."