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ERIC Number: ED524484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
Filming for Professional Learning: Collaborations in Innovation
Cloonan, Anne
Australian Teacher Education Association, Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) (Albury, Jun 28-Jul 1, 2009)
It is not unusual for academics to bemoan the reticence of teachers in adopting innovative tools and pedagogies, never more so than in the area of new technologies and multimodal literacies in classrooms. Typically, educational bureaucracies seek to dictate change in new technologies through a diffusion-adoption model of professional learning where "inservicing" or "professional development" of teachers is used to influence them to implement curriculum innovations. Typically a set of resources are developed for this purpose and teachers engage with workshop leaders as passive recipients of knowledge rather than active knowledge constructors. This paper explores an alternative form of engagement in which teachers are co-opted as collaborators and documenters of educational change. Its innovation is to use filming of teacher interviews and classroom practice--in this case to extend the teachers' repertories. This article will discuss the film-infused model of professional learning which was developed within the context of a research project on literacy teachers" engagement with multimodality, but has potential for wider application. The research context will be outlined and four elements of a film-infused professional learning model will be discussed in detail. The effects of this model on the resource development and professional learning will then be addressed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA)
Identifiers - Location: Australia