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ERIC Number: EJ882452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1941-5257
"Without Stones There Is No Arch": A Study of Professional Development of Teacher Educators as a Team
Barak, Judith; Gidron, Ariela; Turniansky, Bobbie
Professional Development in Education, v36 n1-2 p275-287 Mar 2010
In this work we study the meaning of professional development as a participative process within a community of practice. In this collaborative narrative self-study we look at the development of ourselves as a professional group working together in an intensive program. The study is based on personal career stories, each told by its author, but once told becoming a chapter in the group's story, to be further analyzed and interpreted by its members. This process revealed four themes that contribute to professional learning experiences constructed within the context of "being" in the team: group diversity, interwoven work, the novice stance and collaborative research. In this paper we discuss our emerging understanding of the significance of the collaborative engagement of teacher educators for the generation of a theory of practice and suggest situating this understanding within a broader ecological perspective using the metaphor of the "edge", a fertile ground for sustainable change and development. ["'Without Stones There Is No Arch': A Study of Professional Development of Teacher Educators as a Team" was written with the collaboration of Adiba Arafat, Dina Friling, Ruth Mansur, Marga Simca, Smadar Tuval and Talia Weinberger.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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