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The authors are teacher educators in the Academic College of Education (ACE) program at Kaye Academic College of Education. Over the years, the 10 teacher educators working in the program have developed a community of practice. In this article, the authors explore the crisis they confronted as a professional learning community, the tensions underlying the crisis, the paths to resolving their crisis, and their decision to look more closely at how collaborative communities of practice affect both group and individual identities. The data analysis revealed two general thematic tensions that supported the authors' understanding of their group’s crisis and led them to identify two metaphors that would help them develop a way out of their crisis. These tensions – preservation versus change and collective versus individual identity – related to their shared language and individual and group identity.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2014
The current article is a re-analysis of three self-studies conducted by three sub-groups of the Active Collaborative Education team. These self-studies were originally presented at the Seventh International Conference on Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices in 2008. Revisiting and retelling these stories for the purpose of this article highlighted surfaced three concepts: territory, the expert as novice, and de-idealization. These concepts then led the authors to identify the three dimensions of territory, knowledge, and values.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2011
‘Without Stones There Is No Arch’: A Study of Professional Development of Teacher Educators as a Team
This work is based on the authors’ experience as teacher educators in the Active Collaborative Education (ACE) teacher education program in College of Education, Israel. The authors study the meaning of professional development as a participative process within a community of practice. The study is based on personal career stories, each told by its author, but once told becoming a chapter in the group’s story, to be further analyzed and interpreted by its members. This process revealed four themes that contribute to professional learning experiences constructed within the context of being in the team: group diversity, interwoven work, the novice stance and collaborative research.
Updated: Apr. 07, 2010
The aim of this study was to explore the teacher educators' experience in writing a book. Eighteen experienced teacher educators, who completed their respective books, were interviewed individually or participated in a focus group discussion. The findings reveal that although the teacher educators had different motivations for writing and took various paths in their writing, they all view this experience as contributing to them cognitively, emotionally and in practice; teaching nourished their writing but was also influenced by and improved as a result of the writing. The authors suggest providing teacher educators with a supportive infrastructure - budgetary, editorial and managerial - in order to encourage them to write and publish.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2010