Search results for: Community of practice
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Crossing Borders without Leaving Town: The Impact of Cultural Immersion on the Perceptions of Teacher Education Candidates
This article examines the impact of teacher education program courses on candidates’ perceptions of urban communities and urban teaching. The results reveal that candidates shared many common perceptions of urban communities and perceptions of teaching in urban schools, such as: understanding and appreciation for community agencies, Changed perception of families including a new understanding of self and others, new understanding of community. The findings of this study show that carefully-designed, non-school experiences in teacher education can have significant impact on the preparation of urban teachers.
Updated: Sep. 28, 2014
This article discusses the role of Twitter in a graduate seminar on language teaching methodology. The findings indicate that the microblogging tasks enabled participants to form a virtual Community of Practice in which they were able to learn, share, and reflect.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2014
This article reports on an initial study of a professional learning community (PLC) of educators who are investigating mobile devices in their teaching. The research examined two conjectures: firstly, that a professional learning community would enrich understanding of teaching with mobile technologies; and secondly, that these technologies would enhance teaching. The findings indicate that progress towards an enriched engagement with m-learning may be promoted by the establishment of a PLC. The existing professional relationships facilitated community formation and enhanced the sense of commitment, risk-taking, shared responsibility and purpose. In addition, the results also indicate the contribution of mobile learning to teaching.
Updated: Aug. 06, 2014
This article presents a qualitative case study, which examined the relationship between conversations during formal collaborative experiences and the actual classroom practice of early childhood teachers in a district, Head Start, and university lab school. Three elements related to the development of communities of practice emerged from this study: (a) parallel processes that promoted the transfer of teacher talk into practices that enriched classroom environments; (b) administratively supported collective control of curriculum by teachers promotes a practice-based focus; and (c) use of protocols actively guides the content and process of teachers’ conversations. This study illustrates the importance of group routines and intentions, collective ownership of curriculum, and their role in the development of productive parallel processes.
Updated: Jul. 01, 2014
In this article, the authors examine the impact Reading Rocks (RR) had on preservice teachers’ learning. The Reading Rocks (RR) is a yearlong, school-based tutoring program, intentionally designed to scaffold two different tutoring experiences—both encouraging learner-centered, responsive teaching. The preservice teachers reported the importance of collaboration with their tutoring buddies, peers, families, and classroom teachers, and that through the yearlong tutoring experience, the preservice teachers gained confidence as teachers and a sense of efficacy as caring educators.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2014
The Affordance of Blogging on Establishing Communities of Practice in a Pre-Service Elementary Teacher Education Program
The current study examines the affordances of blogging on establishing communities of practice within an elementary teacher education program. The authors examined pre-service teacher participation in an online community of practice where pre-service teachers, over the course of their elementary education program. An analysis of the data demonstrated tensions around epistemologies, community and identity development.
Updated: May. 26, 2014
What Are Student Inservice Teachers Talking about in their Online Communities of Practice? Investigating Student Inservice Teachers’ Experiences in a Double-Layered CoP
This case study is the first phase of a large-scale design-based research project to implement a theoretically derived double-layered CoP model within real-world teacher development practices. The main goal of this first iteration is to evaluate the courses and test and refine the CoP model for future implementations. This article demonstrates the potential synergies between two major approaches to teacher professional development practices: i) teachers’ CoPs development and ii) online teacher education courses. The analysis of student inservice teachers’ CoPs experiences shows that the two layers of CoPs supported each other iteratively through the course period.
Updated: May. 26, 2014
In this article, the authors describe the use of self-study as a frame for professional learning that grew out of a professional development program for teachers examining their practice in a dual-language K-4 school in Iowa. The authors argue that the use of self-study as the frame for their professional learning experience was seen as a powerful and positive experience overall, impacting both their own practice and the dual language program at large. The authors also argue that during the process of self-study, many of the teachers became supportive collegial friends, colleagues who appeared genuinely interested in working together to improve practice. By working as collegial friends, by engaging in critical discussions of genuine issues and teacher-chosen interests in improving practice, the dual language program as a whole benefited.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2014
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
Three secondary schools in Amsterdam decided to facilitate teachers in their schools to engage in practice research. The overall aim of the pilot programme was to connect the three elements of teaching, development and research to each other and to embed them in the schools’ practice in such a way as to increase their capacity for innovation. The authors conclude that this research shows the importance of teamwork. Furthermore, teacher researchers need to be given a clear position and status within the school. Finally, the school management can also help ensure that the results of the research are actually used within the school by giving the teacher researchers a leading role in team meetings and study days.
Updated: Oct. 23, 2013