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ERIC Number: EJ1103600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
How an Orientation to Learning Influences the Expansive-Restrictive Nature of Teacher Learning and Change
Feeney, Eric J.
Teacher Development, v20 n4 p458-481 2016
This study examined teachers' learning situated in a school to reveal factors that support and hinder learning in the workplace. The investigation analyzed teachers' orientation to learning, examining beliefs, practices, and experiences about teachers' learning in relation to change in the workplace. A hypothesis is that teacher learning and change is complex and unable to be fully understood outside of practice. Evidence is provided on the factors and forms of learning activities that appear to strengthen an expansive learning environment and those which contribute to a more restrictive learning environment. A distinctive finding was that teachers' orientation to learning is related to self-reported change. Another promising finding with the potential of better understanding the interrelated combination of how teachers' beliefs, practices, and workplace factors influence change was related to dissonance for learning. The implications for practice involved determining how to continue to support and strengthen an expansive workplace learning environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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