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Reviving praxis: stories of continual professional learning and practice architectures in a faculty-based teaching community of practice

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Green, WJ and Hibbins, R and Houghton, L and Ruutz, A, Reviving praxis: stories of continual professional learning and practice architectures in a faculty-based teaching community of practice, Oxford Review of Education, 39, (2) pp. 247-266. ISSN 0305-4985 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/03054985.2013.791266

Abstract

Lave and Wenger’s conceptualisation of communities of practice (CoPs) has had a profound impact on the way many think about learning at work. In universities, CoPs have the potential to meet the continuing professional learning (CPL) needs of academics in ways that formal structured programmes cannot. However, participating in CoPs can be a disempowering experience, depending on the way power is exercised within and outside of the community. Using narrative methods here, we explore the nature of CPL in a faculty-based teaching community of practice, paying particular attention to the links between the individual and extra-individual. Although all 15 CoP members interviewed for this study spoke of becoming more innovative and confident teachers since joining the community, noteworthy differences emerged in their descriptions of their engagement. Long-term and new members’ stories were qualitatively different: old-timers told stories of praxis, of personally transformative CPL that involved them in collective action in the wider socio-cultural context of teaching, while newcomers spoke of a more individualistic and pragmatic approach focused on professional survival. Implications for further research and practice are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Communities of Practice; continuing professional learning; professional development; academic practice; teaching practice; narrative analysis
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other Education
Research Field:Education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Author:Green, WJ (Dr Wendy Green)
ID Code:122045
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Learning & Teaching
Deposited On:2017-10-27
Last Modified:2017-11-20
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