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ERIC Number: EJ816271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1475-939X
Taking a Stance: Promoting Deliberate Action through Online Postgraduate Professional Development
Kelly, Peter; Gale, Ken; Wheeler, Steve; Tucker, Viv
Technology, Pedagogy and Education, v16 n2 p153-176 Jul 2007
This article provides six case studies situated in an online community of practice relating to a module in a university Master of Arts in Education programme. During the module the online community allowed students to immerse themselves in problems brought to the community by their tutor. Students continued to participate in the online community of practice following the module, bringing their own professional issues to the forum to be discussed, with some interactions facilitated by the tutor. Six participants' experiences in the community are explored, contrasted, and related to those of the rest of the cohort, and the success of the community in challenging and changing the stances teachers take towards professional issues in their day-to-day practice is considered. Although the findings are encouraging, the link from particular example of positional exploration and change to long-term professional identity change is complex, unclear and subject to many influences. (Contains 1 table and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
IES Cited: ED544210