Search results for: Community of practice
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In this article, the author describes how culturally relevant children’s literature allowed teachers and teacher candidates to explore the lived realities of diverse students. She found that texts written by culturally and linguistically diverse authors gave participants new ways to articulate ideas and beliefs about English learners.
Updated: Dec. 05, 2016
Conceptualising the Research–Practice–Professional Development Nexus: Mobilising Schools as ‘Research-Engaged’ Professional Learning Communities
This article argues the need for coherent, holistic frameworks offering insightful understandings as well as viable, connected and synergistic solutions to schools in addressing pressing problems arising from the acknowledged gaps between research, practice and professional development. Specifically, three themes conceptualise existing problems faced by schools and their possible solutions: first, bridging the research–policy–practice gap by mobilising knowledge more effectively through knowledge producers and consumers working collaboratively; second, valuing and integrating both tacit knowledge and academic coded knowledge; and third, raising the professionalism and reflectivity of teachers and leaders.
Updated: Sep. 28, 2016
Research Capacity-Building with New Technologies within New Communities of Practice: Reflections on the First Year of the Teacher Education Research Network
The present article focuses on a virtual research environment (VRE) and how it facilitated the networking of teacher educators participating in an Economic and Social Research Council-funded research capacity-building project. The authors argue that three main factors affected the use of the VRE, and in particular its wiki tool: the individual’s motivation to learn and to engage with (more) new technologies; the emerging dynamics of each research group as they developed shared working practices; and the institutional climates, which supported or discouraged the individuals’ engagement with both the technology and a regional Teacher Education Research Network that used this technology.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2016
This article presents the results of a self-study of interdisciplinary work that has generated profound changes in the authors' teaching practices. The research grew out of an interest in exploring the nature of their work and the practices that contribute to its success. The findings revealed that their work process consists of five stages and is the product of careful weaving of the authors' different disciplinary lenses. The five stages are creating a collaborative environment, initial inquiry, shared inquiry, scholarly connection, and in practice and beyond.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2016
This study examined the practices of a technology-focused learning community at a high school in the United States. Over the course of a school year, classroom teachers and a university-based researcher participated in the learning community to investigate how technology can promote student achievement and engagement within the secondary English curriculum.
Updated: Jun. 06, 2016
In the two last decades, educational development has become a mature and internationally recognised discipline. Writing about teaching, learning and assessment has helped to describe, analyse and affect practice, and to change the way in which educational development as a profession has become regarded. This article provides a personal selection of 20 key books that have been highly influential, with the aim of promoting debate both on the choice of texts and the future of educational development books in the next 20 years.
Updated: Jun. 05, 2016
This review article aims to analyse the ways in which books within the SEDA series have contributed to thinking in higher education pedagogy over this time. The authors have approached the texts through three lenses, analysing them chronologically, thematically and by the orientation of the authors towards educational development. They demonstrate that the coverage of topics and the syntheses of ideas that the texts represent have holistically provided invaluable coverage of the key thinking in the field.
Updated: Jun. 05, 2016
Articulate – Academic Writing, Refereeing Editing and Publishing Our Work in Learning, Teaching and Educational Development
This essay looks mainly at the reviewing and, to some extent, the editing of the writing for publication which most of us carry out as academics, educational developers, and through the range of our roles. The findings reveal tensions, richness, processes and practices. Some of the responses concern academic identity, some the relationship to the discipline, while others focus on the processes and the politics of reviewing and editing, the actual practice, finessing, justice and fairness. Several themes emerge concerning the politics and practices of writing, reviewing and editing for successful publication which include: (1) Publishing and the academic role: academic identities as writers and peer reviewers. (2) Practice of reviewing: ‘tough love’ – reviewers balancing support with gatekeeping. (3) Professionalising editing and reviewing.
Updated: Jun. 01, 2016
Looking Back on Experienced Teachers’ Reflections: How Did Pre-service School Practice Support the Development of Self-efficacy?
This study investigates how Estonian teachers with more than 25 years of professional experience recall and describe their pre-service teaching practice experience. This study indicates that supportive professional communication is essential for developing self-efficacy. The majority of the interviewees emphasised, either explicitly or implicitly, the importance of cooperation between student teachers and supervisors in the form of discussion and feedback. Both positive and negative experiences during their school practice contributed towards meaningful experiences becoming the catalyst of self-reflection. Many participants seemed to have experienced at least one particular feature in common, such as low perception of a sense of community within the school.
Updated: Apr. 18, 2016
In this study, the authors investigated co-learning between cooperating teachers (CTs) and their preservice teachers (PSTs). Using frame analysis, the authors contrast three problems-of-practice addressed by 23 dyads: problems of developing novice teachers, problems of improving teaching, and problems of improving student learning. The authors describe ways in which knowledge became shared, actors assumed new roles, and new types of tools, activities, and forms of discourse emerged for contextualizing collective work. Based on this study, the authors propose three process measures: the quality of student discourse CTs and PSTs support, the quality of discussion among dyads about students’ ideas, as well as the quality of newly created or evolving social routines and tools.
Updated: Feb. 14, 2016