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Adapting to teaching in open-plan up-scaled learning communities; Redesigning schooling


Lovejoy, V and Mow, L and Edwards, D and Waldrip, B and Prain, V, Adapting to teaching in open-plan up-scaled learning communities; Redesigning schooling, Adapting to teaching and learning in open-plan schools, Sense Publishers, V Prain, P Cox, C Deed, D Edwards, C Farrelly, M Keeffe, V Lovejoy, L Mow, P Sellings, B Waldrip, (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 107-123. ISBN 978-94-6209-824-4 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-94-6209-824-4_7


So it's open, they learn from each other ... teachers are really prepared to be honest about their own teaching practice and look at things they can do in order to change. (Principal) You need problem-solving skills, patience and people management skills. You've got to be able to value others and feel valued yourself. There's no freeloading. You've got to really carry your own weight and contribute to the team. And there's no hiding. (English teacher) These comments reflect positive staff perceptions of adapting to the new settings in the BEP schools. However, for some other staff members the new settings entailed excessive noise, increased student distraction, loss of intimacy and structure, threats to traditional practices, exposure to the gaze and critique of colleagues, and demands for new team and individual skills. In this chapter we identify staff perceptions and practices around the challenges and opportunities arising from the settings in terms of perceived affordances, relational agency among participants, changing spheres of influence for teachers and students, attempts to personalise learning, and activity system dynamics in the new settings (see chapter 3). We also characterise observed changes to teaching and learning processes, as well as enablers and constraints to these changes.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:teaching and learning, open-plan settings,
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Waldrip, B (Professor Bruce Waldrip)
ID Code:119387
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Faculty of Education
Deposited On:2017-07-31
Last Modified:2017-07-31

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