Search results for: Community of practice
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Collaborative Feedback and Reflection for Professional Growth: Preparing First-Year Pre-service Teachers for Participation in the Community of Practice
This article reports on the challenges experienced by a group of first-year pre-service teachers engaging in a process of reflection and critique with peers. The pre-service teachers' responses indicated their growing understanding of the importance of engaging in ongoing critical dialogue, as part of the “unnatural” aspects of teaching. The article concludes with a reflection on the value of feedback from the earliest stages of professional learning.
Updated: Sep. 16, 2013
Teacher Academy Induction Learning Community: Guiding Teachers Through Their Zone of Proximal Development
This article aims to examine the effectiveness of the induction support provided to teacher candidates/interns as they transition into the teaching profession. This case study is an analysis of the Academy for Teacher Excellence’s (ATE) support provided by the Teacher Academy Induction Learning Community (TAILC). The authors contend that the induction program presented can serve not only to support the retention of Latino teacher candidates, but can be used as a model to support other candidates working with diverse populations. The authors conclude that effective teacher induction support assists novice teachers through their zone of proximal development in becoming members of a community of practice.
Updated: Sep. 15, 2013
This article describes an initiative, Becoming Teacher Educators (BTE). BTE is a community specifically designed for doctoral students whose career goal is to become teacher educators. The findings reveal a very high level of satisfaction from the members of BTE. Members frequently commented that the ongoing support from the community was the reason that they continued to learn, grow and share. In addition, the BTE community has provided members with additional educational and professional opportunities outside the basic requirements of their graduate programmes.
Updated: Sep. 10, 2013
This article reports on a research which probes new directions of teacher education and school–university partnerships. The authors present preliminary evidence of the theorising of teaching practice by pre-service teachers and university staff as they work together with the praxis inquiry protocol and preliminary data regarding the generation of Philosophical Project Knowledge.
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013
Quality of Learning Outcomes in an Online Video-Based Learning Community: Potential and Challenges for Student Teachers
The author investigates the learning outcomes of 25 student teachers in an online video-based learning community (VBLC). Based on Biggs and Collis's Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes (SOLO) taxonomy, the majority of comments and feedback were classified as uni-structural, but more sophisticated responses could also be found. The interviews revealed that the student teachers benefited from the opportunities of peer interaction and self-reflection.
Updated: Aug. 21, 2013
Is Action Research a Contradiction in Terms? Do Communities of Practice Mean the End of Educational Research as We Know It? Some Remarks Based on One Recent Example of Religious Education Research
The author considers the claim that the nature and merits of both action research and communities of practice are contested. The author describes three strands of argument. Firstly, action research is not necessarily a contradiction in terms. Secondly, communities of practice are not necessarily the end of educational research as a discipline in its own right. Thirdly, however, Hammersley’s critique raises important issues about professional knowledge development, inviting interaction between propositional and workplace knowledge.
Updated: Jul. 17, 2013
Reconceiving with Action Research: Working within and across Communities of Practice in a University/Community College Collaborative Venture
This study describes a collaboration between three teacher educators and two adult education staff on a grant-supported project bridging high school dropouts from adult education to employment. The teacher educators’ task of facilitating grant participants’ engagement with action research became confusingly challenging. The consultants engaged in ‘second-order’ action research to frame their process of reflective practice, thus deepening their understanding of the project’s complexity, the marginalization of adult education, and their adult education colleagues’ and other grant participants’ reflective practice. This shift in understanding, powered by their continuing reflective practice, precipitated a transformation of their theoretical framework.
Updated: May. 27, 2013
The researcher was interested to evaluate the design, implementation and effectiveness of incorporating an online learning community as part of a new-teacher induction program. The researcher focused on the conceptual framework and receptiveness of the implementation of the framework in a new-teacher induction program. The participants in the online learning community were new teachers entering as full-time employees, and contributors (administrators, veteran teachers, and professors from school of education). Data revealed positive results for new-teacher induction online learning community.
Updated: May. 13, 2013
In this article, the author presents a holistic practice-based approach to preparing candidates for quality teaching. This approach integrates academic knowledge of theory, pedagogy, and curriculum across experiences in authentic contexts that are embedded in focused inquiry, directed observation, and guided practice. The discussion of the proposed practice-based approach to learning to teach is presented in two parts. The first part includes the organizing ideas and discursive practices for teaching referred to as essential knowledge, skills, and understandings for quality teaching. The second part includes the epistemic practices and program qualities that support learning to teach.
Updated: Apr. 02, 2013
This article outlines how lesson study can inform the use of teaching standards to shift the focus to centre on learning rather than teaching to richly inform national and international views on the use of teaching standards.
Updated: Mar. 24, 2013