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ERIC Number: EJ1171675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2154-6282
Practitioner Research: A "Refreshing Change" for Professional Learning
Allen, Jennifer K.
i.e.: inquiry in education, v8 n2 Article 4 2016
This article discusses a study that utilized a practitioner research approach to professional learning (Cochran-Smith & Lytle, 2009) that used student-created digital photo stories combined with focused teacher conversations guided by the NOT-ICE Teacher Discussion Protocol (Author, 2016) to explore why classroom teachers sometimes fail to notice the gifts and talents of emergent bilinguals of Latin@ heritage. Six elementary teachers participated in six small-group, collaborative discussion sessions in which they acted as co-researchers. Findings illuminate the significance of the research design in providing an effective professional learning experience. Highlighted design elements include the importance of using visual media as a springboard for intentional, productive discussions as well as the significance of a purposeful, small-group arrangement that allowed for cross-grade-level collaboration focused on a relevant issue of shared concern. An alternate look at how schools might define data is also offered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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