Online Communities and Professional Teacher Learning: Affordances and Challenges

Online Communities and Professional Teacher Learning: Affordances and Challenges

Norbert Pachler (Institute of Education, University of London, UK) and Caroline Daly (Institute of Education, University of London, UK)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 28
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-971-7.ch001
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This chapter examines online communities for professional teacher learning, in the context of a mixed-mode practice-based Masters degree, the Master of Teaching. It problematises key principles for designing collaborative learning online, aimed at developing teachers’ dispositions and values, as well as critical understandings that inform professional knowledge about practice. Data from teachers’ asynchronous online discussions are analysed, and the discussion is grounded in the learning activities of course participants. The authors establish the contemporary context for developing teachers’ professional learning through the affordances of new technologies, with a view to establishing what claims can be made about the potential of online communities to provide a counter to reductive models of professional development that have dominated teachers’ learning in England and Wales in recent years.

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Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen, Daithi O Murchu
Chapter 1
Norbert Pachler, Caroline Daly
This chapter examines online communities for professional teacher learning, in the context of a mixed-mode practice-based Masters degree, the Master... Sample PDF
Online Communities and Professional Teacher Learning: Affordances and Challenges
Chapter 2
Anders D. Olofsson, J. Oola Lindberg
In this chapter, the possibilities to use technology in order to improve the contextual and value-based dimensions in online distance-based teacher... Sample PDF
Enhancing Phronesis: Bridging Communities Through Technology
Chapter 3
Rema Nilakanta, Laura Zurita, Olatz López Fernandez, Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen, Eugene S. Takle
This chapter presents a preliminary critique of an online transatlantic collaboration designed for collaborative learning. The critique by external... Sample PDF
Enhancing the Design of a Successful Networked Course Collaboration: An Outsider Perspective
Chapter 4
Ian W. Gibson
This chapter explores the evolution of thinking about learning, resulting from the increasingly ubiquitous presence of instructional technology and... Sample PDF
Enhanced Learning and Leading in a Technology Rich, 21st Century Global Learning Environment
Chapter 5
Erik Champion
We cannot begrudge students their envy in looking at popular films and computer games as major contenders for their spare time. While we as teachers... Sample PDF
Enhancing Learning Through 3-D Virtual Environments
Chapter 6
Dwayne Harapnuik
This chapter introduces inquisitivism as an approach for designing and delivering Web-based instruction that shares many of the same principles of... Sample PDF
Inquisitivism: The Evolution of a Constructivist Approach for Web-Based Instruction
Chapter 7
Pirkko Raudaskoski
There is a growing interest within social and humanistic sciences towards understanding practice both theoretically and analytically. Lave and... Sample PDF
Situated Learning and Interacting With/Through Technologies: Enhancing Research and Design
Chapter 8
Jørgen Bang, Christian Dalsgaard
“Technology alone does not deliver educational success. It only becomes valuable in education if learners and teachers can do something useful with... Sample PDF
Rethinking E-Learning: Shifting the Focus to Learning Activities
Chapter 9
Tony Carr, Vic Lally, Maarten de Laat, Glen Cox
This chapter examines the theoretical and conceptual issues involved in gathering evidence to build a database for the design of virtual higher... Sample PDF
Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning and the Central Research Questions: Two Illustrative Vignettes
Chapter 10
Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen, Daithí Ó Murchu
This chapter addresses the problem of enhancing quality of online learning processes through pedagogic design. Based on our earlier research... Sample PDF
Identifying an Appropriate, Pedagogical, Networked Architecture for Online Learning Communities
Chapter 11
J. P. Cuthell
This chapter is written for practising teachers, and examines the institutional and individual factors that inhibit the implementation of... Sample PDF
Ms. Chips and Her Battle Against the Cyborgs: Embedding ICT in Professional Praxis
Chapter 12
Simon B. Heilesen, Sisse Siggaard Jensen
This chapter proposes that technologically enhanced learning should be understood and evaluated by means of a combination of analytical strategies.... Sample PDF
Making Sense of Technologically Enhanced Learning in Context: A Research Agenda
Chapter 13
Brain-Based Learning  (pages 292-322)
Kathleen Cercone
Neuroscience research that explains how the brain learns is a dynamic field. Since the 1990s, there has been explosive growth in information about... Sample PDF
Brain-Based Learning
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