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Search Results for 'Learning communities' (Keyword)
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1   |   From section Theories & Approaches
Teacher Education in Schools as Learning Communities: Transforming High-Poverty Schools through Dialogic Learning
The purpose of this article is to analyse how teachers' specific professional development is built in four cases in South American countries. Furthermore, the study examines the main features of this training. The authors used communicative methodology of research. The authors note that the importance of this exploratory study lies in identifying key components that may enable the transfer of the project to other schools and contexts. This professional development provides teachers, families and their communities with research-based knowledge and tools to improve students’ learning, social and emotional development.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in ITEC: December 11, 2017
2   |   From section Instruction in Teacher Training
Peer Learning for Change in Higher Education
This article proposes a learning development (LD) perspective to peer learning in higher education. This article focuses on the PAL scheme, which was introduced at Plymouth University in 2011 (PALS@Plymouth) with the specific intention to promote a LD perspective. The author conducted a small scale study based on informal, semi-structured interviews seeking the views of PALS leaders about how their involvement in the scheme might serve to focus attention not just on individual student needs but on to problems arising from academic practices more broadly. The interviews with the PALS leaders revealed the value of learning from peers. The author suggests that student-led sessions could offer opportunities to assimilate and gain confidence in academic discourse, as advocated by PALS leaders in this study.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: October 15, 2017
3   |   From section Professional Development
Teacher Empowerment through Engagement in a Learning Community in Ireland: Working across Disadvantaged Schools
This article examines the professional development (PD) of a group of urban physical education teachers as they moved from a learning community focused on a new curriculum in physical education to a community of practice (CoP) committed to intense, sustained and focused engagement on issues related to their teaching practice and personal growth as physical educators. The participants reported development of their teaching practice and pedagogical skills by applying the teaching strategies shared by colleagues in the community. The teachers came to recognise their ability to design lessons to engage students and to implement these lessons in ways that were challenging and exciting, supporting the notion of increased self-efficacy. Their focus was consistently on their students and how to impact their learning by developing their own knowledge and skills in order to provide a quality education.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in ITEC: June 20, 2017
4   |   From section Mentoring & Supervision
Cultivating Relationships with School Placement Stakeholders: The Perspective of the Cooperating Teacher
This article investigates how and what type of relationships cooperating teachers (CTs) can develop with student teachers (STs) and university tutors (UTs) to enhance the school placement process. By facilitating collaborative relationships, a CT’s learning experience can be positively enhanced and a ST is provided with a scaffolded entry into the teaching profession. As the relationships in the study had various degrees of mutual engagement, joint enterprise and a shared repertoire, it allowed the ongoing interactions between various stakeholders to be labelled ‘communities’. The approaches of the CTs in developing communities were either enabled or challenged by other members in the school placement process.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: June 14, 2017
5   |   From section ICT & Teaching
CSU Digital Ambassadors: An Empowering and Impactful Faculty Learning Community
This article chronicles the work of the California State University Digital Ambassador Program (DA), a Faculty Learning Community (FLC). This program brought together 13 faculty members across the state to create ongoing, targeted spaces of support for colleagues and educational partners to learn about innovative technological and pedagogical practices on their respective campuses. Three different faculty development activities within teacher education are analyzed: (a) a faculty study hall model, (b) preservice classroom activities, and (c) large-scale professional development activities.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in ITEC: November 3, 2015
6   |   From section Teacher Educators
Teacher Educators’ Identity: A Review of Literature
This article provides a review of literature on teacher educator identity. The findings suggested that new teacher educators generally develop negative self-views about their abilities and professional identities. Self-support and community support activities were found to facilitate teacher educators’ transition and enhance their identity development.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: October 13, 2015
7   |   From section Instruction in Teacher Training
Toward Communal Negotiation of Meaning in Schools: Principals’ Perceptions of Collective Learning from Success
This study examines principals’ perceptions (mindscapes) about the notion and strategy of collective learning from faculty members’ successful practices. The study employed a qualitative topic-oriented methodology to explore principals’ mindscapes concerning collective learning from success in schools. The findings reveal that principals perceived the competitive culture and the comparison of professional abilities among faculty members as major determinants of a productive collective learning from success. Furthermore, principals envisioned their role in this interactive process as promoting a learning culture of inquiry, openness, and trust.
Publication Year: 2011    |    Updated in ITEC: October 27, 2011
8   |   From section Trends in Teacher Education
Changing Roles, Relationships and Responsibilities in Changing Times
In this article, the author focuses on the changing roles of pre-service teachers, mentor teachers, school coordinators and academics involved in professional experiences. The author draws on a number of studies that have investigated professional experiences which have been framed around the notion of learning communities.
Publication Year: 2010    |    Updated in ITEC: March 17, 2011
9   |   From section Trends in Teacher Education
Making Practice Public: Teacher Learning in the 21st Century
The authors propose that the advent and ubiquity of new media tools and social networking resources provide a means for professional, networked learning to “scale up.” The authors argue that in order to launch and sustain local movements for making teaching public and shared, educators need to develop the habits of having multimedia documentation tools close at hand. The authors believe that making practice public in this way can be transformative.
Publication Year: 2010    |    Updated in ITEC: April 27, 2010
10   |   From section Teacher Educators
Supporting Professional Learning through Teacher Educator Enquiries: An Ethnographic Insight into Developing Understandings and Changing Identities
The purpose of this paper is to share how pedagogic practice nurturing an Enquiry Design learning community can support teacher educators, enhancing their research understanding and developing their researcher identity through a socially mediated educative process. The findings of the study indicate how a social constructivist approach to teaching research design can support teacher enquiries focused on a range of issues including developing the nature of reflectivity, enhancing professional learning, emancipating practice, enhancing constructive collaborative discussions, improving problem-solving pedagogy, making judgements about effectiveness of training and supporting affective accreditation.
Publication Year: 2010    |    Updated in ITEC: June 22, 2010
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