Search results for: Community of practice
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This paper describes a research into teacher networks that might be more successful vehicles for professional development of teachers. The results show that networks that focus on (self-) reflection, that stimulate enthusiasm and are instructive, that build a community of teachers and that make room for application of new materials/methods in the classroom, are the most promising ways for professional development and job motivation.
Updated: Aug. 24, 2010
Identity Formation of Teacher–Mentors: An Analysis of Contrasting Experiences Using a Wengerian Matrix Framework
In this article, the authors use Wenger’s matrix framework to analyze the experiences of two teacher–mentors. The authors also use this framework to interpret how the teacher–mentors’ identities are formed during the process of mentoring student–teachers. Factors that contribute significantly to the development of the teacher–mentors’ identity include the school culture, the ‘personalities’ of the other community members, and the influence of other relevant communities of practice.
Updated: Aug. 17, 2010
“There's Going To Be Community. There's Going To Be Knowledge”: Designs For Learning In A Standardised Age
This paper uses the case of a secondary English department in Ontario, Canada, to examine the constraints that academic departments face in transforming themselves from communities of practice into learning communities. The article proposes theoretical considerations and concrete strategies to assist academic departments in overcoming constraints to learning within an era of increasing standardisation and accountability.
Updated: Aug. 17, 2010
This article examines the experiences of one career change student teacher, Michelle. Furthermore, the article explores the ways in which she constructed her new professional identity as a student teacher. Findings were analysed and discussed with reference to Lave and Wenger’s (1991) framework of legitimate peripheral participation and Wenger’s (1998) communities of practice, and with recourse to the relevant literature.
Updated: Aug. 15, 2010
The Role of Action Research in Transforming Teacher Identity: Modes of Belonging and Ecological Perspectives
Using data from a three-year action research project, the author examines how action research may be used to promote and support teacher identity construction and reconstruction. More specifically, the author examines how modes of belonging were enacted in teacher-centred action research communities of practice. As well, an ecological perspective is adopted to provide insight into how teachers’ identities are formed and reformed in the context of teacher-centred action research.
Updated: Jun. 29, 2010
This paper explores the role of engaging teachers in constructive dialogue within ICT professional development activity. As part of an ICT professional development program, sixteen teachers across eight geographically removed schools participated in an online threaded discussion forum for a school year. The findings suggest evidence of both collegial and critical forms of discussion. Collegial discussion was found to be important in developing and maintaining community while critical discussion was vital for its role in transforming teachers' beliefs.
Updated: May. 25, 2010
‘Without Stones There Is No Arch’: A Study of Professional Development of Teacher Educators as a Team
This work is based on the authors’ experience as teacher educators in the Active Collaborative Education (ACE) teacher education program in College of Education, Israel. The authors study the meaning of professional development as a participative process within a community of practice. The study is based on personal career stories, each told by its author, but once told becoming a chapter in the group’s story, to be further analyzed and interpreted by its members. This process revealed four themes that contribute to professional learning experiences constructed within the context of being in the team: group diversity, interwoven work, the novice stance and collaborative research.
Updated: Apr. 07, 2010
In this article, two beginning teacher educators discuss their experiences of professional learning and identity construction during the first years of their work as academics. The authors entered teacher education after working as classroom teachers but, as has been found by others in the literature, were provided with little formal preparation for this career transition. The tensions and dilemmas inherent in being ‘expert’ teachers and ‘novice’ teacher educators are discussed. The authors emphasize particularly the complexity of developing professional connections with colleagues in the academic context.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2010
Assisting Beginning Teachers and School Communities to Grow through Extended and Collaborative Mentoring Experiences
In this essay on scholarship and teaching, the author explores surrounding mentoring programs. New ways of professional learning are suggested. These ways encompass mentoring within a whole school approach, with a particular focus on the school as a collaborative community of learners.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2010
This article presents findings from an ethnographic study that explored how participation in an educator network contributed to the production of meaning, identity, and agency among the teachers and school district administrators involved. The author's research focused on the practitioner cohort, which included primary and secondary school teachers, as well as district-level administrators. Prominent in this process were the differences between practice in the network, consisting of dialogue informed by theory, inquiry, and reflection on professional experience, and the practice of participants' workplace communities.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010