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ERIC Number: EJ900220
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
Engaging with the Profession: Communities of Learners
Meiers, Marion
English in Australia, v42 n3 p20-24 2007
In 2005 the Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA) established a professional learning project focused on the Standards for Teachers of English Language and Literacy in Australia (STELLA) professional standards developed earlier in the decade by the Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) and ALEA. The key question for the project was: How does STELLA provide a framework for teachers' professional learning? The project supported a small group of primary teachers in each of three states and territories: Western Australia, South Australia and the ACT. The ALEA STELLA project in 2005 was designed on a strong professional learning model. The strong learning focus of the project was emphasized by the reference to the participants as "scholars". The scholars' learning journeys commenced when they identified an aspect of their current practice to investigate and link to one or more of the STELLA standards. At the end of the project a collection of the rich and reflective accounts of these investigations was published in "Teachers' stories; professional standards, professional learning" (ALEA, 2006). This article presents some of the teachers' own stories which demonstrate how they had been able to use STELLA as a framework for professional learning in a diversity of ways, according to their own needs and interests. It also presents an evaluation of the STELLA scholars project which noted the strength of the professional learning opportunities provided for participants, as well as the strength of STELLA as a framework for professional learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia