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ERIC Number: EJ1176024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7069
The Role of Simulations for Supporting Professional Growth: Teachers' Engagement in Virtual Professional Experimentation
Milewski, Amanda; Herbst, Patricio; Bardelli, Emanuele; Hetrick, Carolyn
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v26 n1 p103-126 Jan 2018
There is growing interest in the field of education for leveraging emerging digital technologies to support teachers' learning in online or blended settings. This paper builds on Clarke and Hollingsworth's (2002) "Interconnected Model of Professional Growth" by investigating an alternative instantiation of "professional experimentation." In particular, we examine the Story"Circles" model of professional development (Herbst & Milewski, 2018), which ushers teachers into a simulated type of professional experimentation to support teacher growth through the design and improvement of lessons using storyboards. In that context, we investigate how Story"Circles" enable teachers to experiment professionally in a virtual space. Focusing on the experiences of two secondary mathematics teachers, we illustrate how the Story"Circles" processes of scripting and argumentation were associated with teacher growth. We discuss how the Clarke and Hollingsworth (2002) "Interconnected Model of Professional Growth" can be useful for the design and study of simulated professional experimentation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL1316241