ERIC Number: EJ1131898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
The Choreography of Conversation: An Exploration of Collaboration and Difficult Discussions in Cross Disciplinary Teacher Discourse Communities
Boyd, Ashley S.; Glazier, Jocelyn A.
High School Journal, v100 n2 p130-145 Win 2017
This qualitative study explores three years of data from an ongoing professional development program for alumni of one university's varied teacher education programs. Participants cross secondary grade levels and disciplines. Researchers examine what transpires when controversial topics are raised within this diverse teacher discourse community. Findings across the data suggest that when faced with more difficult topics such as race and sexual orientation, participants engage in comfortable collaboration rather than critical colleagueship, preferring to provide uncritical, though helpful, support rather than challenge one another. Implications for current teacher education programs include encouraging more open and analytical dialogue that moves students beyond their comfort zones, both inside and outside of their respective grades and disciplines.
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Discourse Communities, Group Discussion, Qualitative Research, Teacher Education Programs, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Group Dynamics, College Programs, Faculty Development, Multicultural Education, Beginning Teacher Induction, Sexual Orientation, Race, Group Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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