In an educational environment focused on providing flexible learning options to diverse student groups- rural and remote, cross-cultural, mature-aged, and second-chance learners-there need to be effective capacity building strategies for the professionals who provide these educational services. People do not resist change; they resist being changed. This chapter describes the capacity building of early childhood educators redesigning curriculum for distance learning. They engaged in self-study using metaphor as a research strategy to investigate their own adaptive practices. The creation of a professional learning community was made possible by supporting personal mastery and reflecting on the shared vision. The process of focusing meta-cognition on one's own values and beliefs brought about a change in attitudes and perspectives relating to what could be achieved in an online learning environment. This chapter describes the research strategies and outcomes of an academic self-study professional development project. In addition, the authors suggest broader application of metaphor analysis as an elucidating strategy for capacity building.
|Title of host publication||Global challenges and perspectives in blended and distance learning|
|Editors||J. Willems, B. Tynan, R. James|
|Place of Publication||United States of America|
|Number of pages||11|
|ISBN (Print)||1466639784, 9781466639782|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Apr 2013|