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ERIC Number: EJ1069504
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Negotiating and Reshaping Christian Values and Professional Identities through Action Research: Experiential Learning and Professional Development among Christian Religious Education Teachers
Johannessen, Øystein Lund
Educational Action Research, v23 n3 p331-349 2015
In European societies, major patterns of plurality have changed over recent decades due to modernization and globalization. In schools, these new patterns of plurality have consequences for learning processes and may be challenging for students and teachers. This article investigates these issues, taking as its point of departure the way they surfaced in the Norwegian subject-oriented research project "Teaching about Religious Diversity in Schools. Applying and Developing an Interpretive Cultural Approach to Religious Education" (2007-2010). Nine teachers and two researchers worked together in a community of practice, adopting an action research mode of collaboration. Each participant carried out and documented individual development projects, mostly within their own student groups. Developments and results were discussed in regular community-of-practice workshops. The data analysed in this article were generated from these workshops and from interviews with participants. The main research question raised is how an action research project in the field of religious education can lead to professional development for the participants. More specifically, the question is how such development can be described with respect to the relationship between personal and professional aspects of teacher identity and practice. The introduction of core concepts from theories of religious education and action learning triggered a collective inquiry among the participants into their own professional knowledge. Gradually a common professional discourse developed within the community of practice, and the participants became aware of and started to investigate critically how personal values and beliefs played a role in their professional work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
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