The Challenge of Repositioning: Teacher Learning in the Company of Others

From Section:
Professional Development
Aug. 25, 2009

"This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol 25 number 6, Author: Jocelyn A. Glazier, "The Challenge of Repositioning: Teacher Learning in the Company of Others", Pages 826-834, Copyright Elsevier (August 2009)”.

In this article, the author uses positioning theory to better understand the complexity of teacher learning about culture in the company of diverse colleagues.

Analysis of a yearlong dialogic professional development experience among high school English teachers revealed that although an African American male's storyline informed the group of otherwise white teachers, his position as cultural “expert” limited his and his colleagues ability to reposition themselves.

Teacher educators working with increasingly diverse teacher cohorts must consider how best to maximize learning opportunities, open communication, and free participants from subject positions (such as “expert”) that may inhibit overall group learning.

Updated: Jan. 17, 2017
Cultural awareness | English | Group dynamics | Multicultural education | Professional development | Secondary school teachers | Teachers