ERIC Number: EJ795088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 36
Self-Study in a Community of Learning Researchers: What Can We Do to Help Teachers/Teacher Educators Benefit from Our Research?
Lunenberg, Mieke; Loughran, John; Schildkamp, Kim; Beishuizen Jos; Meirink, Jacobiene; Zwart, Rosanne
European Educational Research Journal, v6 n4 p411-423 2007
This article reports on the results of an intensive summer course in which a community of learners, consisting of three teaching and teacher education academics and 17 European PhD students in the field of education, conducted a collective self-study. The international collective self-study offered a unique opportunity to go beyond parochial and local perspectives on the process of research and knowledge creation. The central question in this summer course was: "What can we, as researchers, do to help teachers/teacher educators benefit from our research and what can be learned through this research on research?" The participants first studied relevant literature about the--relatively new--concepts of self-study and a community of learners. Secondly, they studied and discussed their own research projects through the lens of a self-study methodology. The critical study and discussions of both literature and the research projects resulted in a list of 15 guidelines. In addition, the doctoral students experienced and learned that forming a community of learners can be an effective environment for collaborative inquiry learning and that conducting a collective self-study can be an effective way of carrying out research.
Descriptors: Research Projects, Doctoral Programs, Researchers, Teacher Educators, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Education Majors, Education Courses, Teacher Education, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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