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ERIC Number: ED489713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Establishing a Professional Learning Community among Middle School Mathematics Teachers
Koellner-Clark, Karen; Borko, Hilda
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 28th, Bergen, Norway, July 14-18, 2004
The paper examines how community was established in a professional development institute that focused on algebra content knowledge for middle school mathematics teachers. This qualitative study was framed within a situative perspective. We analyzed multiple data sources to identify the ways in which community was established. Results indicate that giving tasks that provided access to all participants on the first day allowed active participation from all participants and characteristics of community emerged. Characteristics that were evidenced in triangulated data indicate that explaining and clarifying ideas, building off of others' ideas, admitting weaknesses, giving praise to others, and laughing were indicators that community was being established. [For complete proceedings, see ED489632.]
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 35 Aandwind Street, Kirstenhof, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa. Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A