A Community of practice for teacher education academics

Michael Cavanagh, Robyn Moloney, Judy Adnum, Rod Lane, Kathy Stewart, Michael Stevenson

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    This paper reports on the formation and early development of the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) group. Throughout 2012 six teacher education academics participating in the development of STEP each gave a 60-minute presentation about the learning and teaching activities in their units and how they assessed students. Then at the start of 2013 each academic wrote a 500 word personal reflection and these were used to reflect on the impact of the presentations and consider possible future directions for the program. A research assistant, who was not a STEP member, interviewed each participating academic individually for about 20 minutes. The Research Assistant then analysed the reflections and interview responses in terms of Wenger’s (1998) three defining features of a community of practice; namely, mutual engagement, a joint enterprise, and a shared repertoire. Results indicate that the STEP group enhanced collegiality by enabling a better understanding of the challenges faced by others, strengthened common purpose and inclusion, and provided a rich opportunity to reflect on pedagogy and improve practice. The paper offers positive insight into a collaborative pedagogical culture for academics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOur university, our future
    Subtitle of host publicationselected research from Learning and Teaching Week 2013
    EditorsTheresa Winchester-Seeto, Elizabeth Shoostovian, Vanessa Fredericks
    Place of PublicationNorth Ryde, NSW
    PublisherMacquarie University
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)9781741384024
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventOur University, Our Future : Celebrating Learning and Teaching 2013 - North Ryde, NSW
    Duration: 16 Sept 201320 Sept 2013


    ConferenceOur University, Our Future : Celebrating Learning and Teaching 2013
    CityNorth Ryde, NSW


    • community of practice
    • teacher education
    • self-study
    • higher education


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