Teaching as a collective work: analysis, current research and implications for teacher education

Aug. 15, 2008

Source: Journal of Education for Teaching, Volume 34, Issue 3 August 2008 , pages 177 - 189

This article investigates teaching as collective work. The goals, functions and forms of teachers' collective work and changes in the professional representations or repertoire of actions through collective activity are identified.
A synthetic framework is outlined and shown to be useful in addressing the data, by revealing the importance of interactions in professional competence acquisition.

The article relates this framework to data collected from new teachers in the induction year in Scottish secondary schools (age range of pupils 11-18 years) and discusses the relationship of collective work to competence standards. Some issues for teacher educators and further research questions are identified.

Updated: Sep. 21, 2008