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This article reports on the professional benefits of using Critical Friends Group discussion protocols within a Collaborative Action Research project facilitated by two teacher-educators with four junior secondary school teachers in New Zealand. The teachers were encouraged to conduct Action Research projects on topics of their own choice. Critical Friends Group discussions were one of the several strategies implemented to provide for collaboration in the Action Research process. The findings highlight how Critical Friends Group protocols assisted collegial discussions by supporting the professional integrity of participants as they disclosed problems and gave peer feedback aimed at elevating the effectiveness of each other’s practice. The protocols set up a safe space for the teachers to challenge assumptions and make suggestions leading to deeper thinking, pedagogically rich conversations and reflective listening. The Critical Friends Group discussions were complemented by other Action Research activities. Reviewing literature increased the pedagogical content knowledge available to the group. In-class observations supported teachers to identify professional problems for critique and pushed teachers to action ideas from Critical Friends Group discussions. The article concludes by advocating for teachers, teacher-leaders, and teacher-educators to explore using Critical Friends Group protocols because of the capacity to promote deep, collegial examination of pedagogical practices.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2021
Supporting Pre-Service Teachers in Becoming Reflective Practitioners Using Conversation and Professional Standards
A significant goal of teacher education is to support the development of reflective practitioners. This intention, however, is not easily achieved when after-the-fact recall and reporting are key features of pre-service teacher learning rather than critique and contemplation. This research reports on a small-scale pilot study evaluating a novel approach to help pre-service teachers develop reflective skills in order to both understand and address the requirements of the profession. The approach involved a set of Conversation Cards with a series of question-based prompts directly linked to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APSTs) and designed to enhance reflective conversations. Focus group interview discussions unveiled the surprising ways in which the pre-service teachers used the question prompts, not only as tools for reflection but for planning lessons and preparing for professional discussions with mentors. This research provides insight into a creative and meaningful approach for integrating reflection, professional standards and classroom practice through professional experience.
Updated: Jun. 24, 2021
Evidence of Mentor Learning and Development: An Analysis of New Zealand Mentor/Mentee Professional Conversations
This study examines dialogue for evidence of inquiring habits of mind within mentor–mentee interactions. The findings revealed that learning and development was found but at differential rates not necessarily related to experience as a teacher or mentor prior to the programme. Furthermore, while the goals typically aligned with the philosophy of the programme, conversation content analysis revealed a discrepancy between intended goals and actual conversation.
Updated: Jun. 29, 2016
Proceed With Caution: Interactive Rules and Teacher Work Sample Scoring Strategies, an Ethnomethodological Study
The author analyzed a set of 10 transcripts of Teacher Work Sample scoring conversations to identify patterns in scorer interaction. Interactive rules and strategies are identified and implications and cautions offered for the use of work samples, particularly for high-stakes assessment.
Updated: May. 25, 2010
Talking About Our Troubles: Using Video-Based Dialogue To Build Preservice Teachers' Professional Knowledge
This study explores the preservice teacher learning in the context of conversations about their field-based challenges. First, a review of the literature investigates studies that highlight the role of evidence-based conversation as a mechanism to approach the inevitable problems faced by teachers in the classroom. The subsequent case study provides an analysis of how a group of preservice teachers approached a colleague's challenge through a structured conversation and used digital videotapes and artifacts to add specificity to their analysis.
Updated: Jul. 21, 2009
The study analyzed a conversation among a group of teachers responsible for teaching the statistical concepts of mean, median, and mode. After reading an article describing some specific student difficulties in learning the concepts, teachers were asked to discuss how the teaching of the concepts could be improved.
Updated: Jun. 08, 2009
Authentic Conversation as Faculty Development: Establishing a Self-Study Group in A Faculty of Education
Nine teacher educators in their first three years as tenure-track professors in an education faculty established a self-study group in 2006–2007. This article by the group’s coordinators focuses on how conversations within the self-study group contributed to the faculty members’ development as teachers and scholars. Qualities of authentic conversation provide a framework for description, reflection and analysis of the group’s interactions. Implications of forming a large self-study group within a teacher education program are identified.
Updated: Dec. 08, 2008
This article introduces conversations and stories as data which I reproduced in response to the research questions, dreams, memory work and collective biography workshops with my participants. The article rechoreographs the process that enabled storytelling to emerge as a method of inquiry and a mode of representing the research.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2008
A discussion of peer observation followed by sharing learning experience is described in this article. The authors highlight the importance of the cognitive-emotional and personal-professional aspects of teacher educators' lives in supporting their learning through the combination of peer observation and ongoing professional learning conversations.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2008