A Community of practice for teacher education academics

Michael Cavanagh, Judy Adnum, Robyn Moloney, Rod Lane, Kathy Stewart, Pam Furney

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    This paper reports the early development of the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) group created by six secondary teacher education academics. Throughout 2012, we each gave a 60-minute presentation about our methodology unit. The sessions were informal to enable sharing and discussion. To measure the impact of the presentations and consider possible future directions, we each wrote a 500-word reflection on our experiences. A research assistant, who was not a STEP member, interviewed us individually for about 20 minutes. The research assistant analysed the reflections and interview responses in terms of Wenger's (1998) three defining features of a community of practice: 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 teacher education academics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationATEA 2013 conference proceedings
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherAustralian Teacher Education Association (ATEA)
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventAustralian Teacher Education Association - Brisbane
    Duration: 30 Jun 20133 Jul 2013


    ConferenceAustralian Teacher Education Association


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