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This article reports data from a 4-year longitudinal evaluation of a project from the United Kingdom. The project focused on outdoor activities as a vehicle for enhancing the personal and social development of disaffected youth. Specifically, the researchers examined the role played by volunteer learning mentors. The findings suggest the potential for mentors to function as informal educators in such youth programs. However, a lack of preparation and the considerable challenges faced in establishing and maintaining mentoring relationships with young people in schools can restrict their impact.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2011
The Allegiance and Experience of Student Literacy Teachers in the Post-Compulsory Education Context: Competing Communities of Practice
This article focuses on the relationship of the higher education (HE) (theoretical) component of the teaching qualification to the (practical) placement experience that student teachers undertake. This study approaches the data through the concept of 'community of practice' aiming to interrogate its usefulness as a theoretical idea that can illuminate the experience of student teachers. The participants are student teachers studying on a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Post-Compulsory Education (PGCE PCE) for teachers of adult literacy course in the UK.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2010
This article consists of critical reflections on an inclusion story that the author wrote about his own practice as a local education authority educational psychologist in the United Kingdom. The aim is to shed light on the process of producing stories and possibly also on criteria for judging them.
Updated: Jun. 29, 2010
The Collaborative Action Research Network: 30 Years of Agency in Developing Educational Action Research
This article provides an analysis of the Collaborative Action Research Network's (CARN) origins and development since its foundation in 1976. Cultural-historical activity theory is used as an analytical framework: key concepts are succinctly summarised and then used to identify and explore CARN's agency in developing educational action research. The article focuses on key themes of CARN's activity, such as developing teachers' knowledge as an engine of school reform, establishing an action research literature and supporting the challenging processes of collaboration. The article explores some of the disruptions and contradictions in CARN over the years. The article concludes with an agenda for future development.
Updated: Jun. 23, 2010
Collaborative Writing and Dis-Continuing Professional Development: Challenging the Rituals and Rules of the Education Game?
This paper discusses a critical challenge to current paradigms of continuing professional development within higher education institutions. A small group of higher-education-based teacher educators for the English post-compulsory sector describes and exposes the values and processes operating within a particular kind of professional development ‘space’ of their own creation. The main constituents of this way of working are identified and the process is illustrated with reference to the experience of collaborative writing within the group. The focus on criticality leads to an emerging concept of ‘critical collaborative writing’, and the implications of this particular example for higher education colleagues and institutions are explored.
Updated: Apr. 07, 2010
Becoming A University Lecturer in Teacher Education: Expert School Teachers Reconstructing their Pedagogy and Identity
This article contributes to understanding of the professional learning of expert school teachers when they are appointed as university-based teacher educators. A qualitative analysis is used to interpret the transcripts of 16 semi-structured interviews with newly appointed lecturers, in a large UK teacher education department, who have moved from school-based teacher roles and have less than five years' experience working in higher education. The new teacher educators experience tensions within the educational partnership and professional field about the value of abstract knowledge compared with work-based practice and about what a lecturer in teacher education should be.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2010
This paper explores how a group of engaged, enquiring teachers orient themselves towards research. The evidence discussed in this paper comes from work undertaken by teachers in the Learning to Learn Phase 3 Evaluation. This action research project ran for three years in primary and secondary schools in three clusters across UK. The paper focuses on identifying those aspects of being involved in L2L that support teachers' learning and the way that the teachers themselves understand the impact on their professional development. The findings contribute to our understanding of the role of inquiry and research in schools in supporting professional learning by suggesting how tools and models of working are developed.
Updated: Feb. 14, 2010
'Support Our Networking and Help Us Belong!': Listening to Beginning Secondary School Science Teachers
During the course of an Initial Teacher Education programme, beginning teachers develop strong professional relationships. This study investigates the nature of these webs of relationships as networks, from a teacher's ego-centric perspective. Three case studies, set within a wider sample of 11 secondary school science teachers leaving one UK university's PostGraduate Certificate in Education, were studied. The focus of the paper is on how the teachers used others to help shape their sense of belonging to this, their new workplace. The paper develops ideas from network theories to argue that membership of the communities are a subset of the professional inter-relationships teachers utilise for their professional development.
Updated: Jan. 31, 2010
The Impact of Collaborative Video Analysis by Practitioners and Researchers upon Pedagogical Thinking and Practice: A Follow-up Study
The 'T-MEDIA' project analysed and documented how teachers exploit the use of projection technologies - data projectors and interactive whiteboards (IWBs) - to support learning in secondary-school subject lessons. The research involved collaboration between university researchers and eight UK secondary teachers in four subject areas. This article reports on a follow-up study carried out one year after the collaborative analyses in order to assess: (1) the subsequent impact upon teachers' own pedagogical thinking and practices; and (2) the extent to which the ideas and practices they developed had been shared with, taken up and adapted by their colleagues and schools.
Updated: Jan. 31, 2010
Teachers have long participated in collaborative research. However, they have generally had direct stakes in the outcomes. Teachers in the Early Professional Learning (EPL) Project used their insider status to gather data not directly related to their own practice. Lessons for integrating a group of teacher–researchers into a major project are discussed.
Updated: Dec. 16, 2009