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ERIC Number: EJ973131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0024-9033
Professional Knowledge "From the Field": Enacting Professional Learning in the Contexts of Practice
Riveros, Augusto; Viczko, Melody
McGill Journal of Education, v47 n1 p37-52 2012
Based on a qualitative case study that examined elementary teachers' understandings of a professional development policy, we question the conceptual disconnection between professional learning and professional practices in some conceptualizations of professional learning communities. We analyse the research data using Actor-Network Theory and report that the teachers in the case study perceived a disconnection between the scenarios of professional knowledge creation and the scenarios of professional practice. Such disconnection is exacerbated due to an ambiguous treatment of the concept of professional practice in the policy documents that endorse the idea of "professional learning communities." We conclude that a key element in the transformation of professional practices is the teacher's awareness that his/her professional knowledge is enacted through his/her actions and practices; thereby concluding that professional learning is situated in the context of professional practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada