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What is Community of Learners

Handbook of Research on Teacher Education and Professional Development
The collection of participants in a course who work cooperatively and collaboratively in solving tasks that lead to consensus and collective understanding of ideas.
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Innovative Instructional Strategies for an Online Community of Learners: Reconstructing Teachers' Knowledge
Margaret L. Niess (Oregon State University, USA) and Henry Gillow-Wiles (Southern Oregon University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1067-3.ch028
This qualitative, design-based research identifies innovative instructional practices for teacher professional development that support an online community of learners in reconstructing their technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) for teaching mathematics. This analysis describes instructional practices that guide inservice teacher participants in inquiring and reflecting to confront their knowledge-of-practice conceptions for integrating multiple technologies as learning tools. The research program describes an online learning trajectory and instructional strategies supporting the tools and processes in steering the content development in a social metacognitive constructivist instructional framework towards moving from “informal ideas, through successive refinements of representation, articulation, and reflection towards increasingly complex concepts over time” (Confrey & Maloney, 2012). The results provide recommendations for online professional development learning environments that engage the participants as a community of learners.
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Social Media in Education: Gains in Student Learning and Instructor Best Practices
A community of learners “can be defined as a group of people who share values and beliefs and who actively engage in learning from one another-learners from teachers, teachers from learners, and learners from learners. They thus create a learning-centered environment in which students and educators are actively and intentionally constructing knowledge together. Learning communities are connected, cooperative, and supportive. Peers are interdependent in that they have joint responsibility for learning and share resources and points of view, while sustaining a mutually respectful and cohesive environment” (Learning and the Adolescent Mind, p.1).
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The Dialogic Nature of Meaning Making within a Hybrid Learning Space: Individual, Community, and Knowledge-Building Pedagogical Tools
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Engaging Google Docs to Support Collaboration and Reflection in Online Teacher Education
A group of people who: 1) share a joint enterprise that is understood and continually negotiated by its members, 2) have a mutual engagement that binds members together into a social entity, and 3) have created a shared repertoire of communal responses (ways of thinking, being, and doing) that members have developed over time (Lave & Wenger, 1998 AU59: The in-text citation "Lave & Wenger, 1998" is not in the reference list. Please correct the citation, add the reference to the list, or delete the citation. ).
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TAP (Teacher Learning and Application to Pedagogy) through Digital Video-Mediated Reflections
Group of teachers who are actively engaged in collectively constructing meaning. In our research, the broad community of learners was the group of teachers taking the practicum course together. The teachers who engaged in CPVA together also constituted a smaller subset of the community of learners.
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Co-Production and Educational Change: Moving From Formulaic to Flexible Scaling Strategies
An instructional model based on all members of a group actively contributing to the structure and direction of shared endeavors.
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Biography-Driven Instruction: Disrupting Monocultural Pedagogy for Emergent Bilingual Learners
Students collaborate and engage in dialogue using their assets to maximize learning.
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Development and Sustainability of Learning Societies
A group of learners on the edge of new learning and under continuous reflection, the new community learning comes in various shapes and sizes; it is not one size fits all mentality.
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Implicit Cognitive Vulnerability
This term is an overarching understanding of the group of students, also including the instructional facilitator, who come together with the intention to learn information while also supporting the larger group’s instructional understandings and efforts. This term reflects a philosophical understanding, that learning is not a singular activity but, instead, is a socially supported effort.
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Fostering Online Communities of Practice in Career and Technical Education
A place were student learners are made to feel that their prior knowledge, the knowledge that they are acquiring, and the skills that they are learning to acquire future knowledge are all tied together.
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