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Cultivating Professional Learning Partnerships in Tasmania


MacDonald, A and Wightman, K, Cultivating Professional Learning Partnerships in Tasmania, Harnessing the Transformative Power of Education, Koninklijke Brill, B Shelley, K te Riele, N Brown and T Crellin (ed), Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 282-298. ISBN 978-90-04-41731-1 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1163/9789004417311


A challenge by Tom Bentley to embrace and harness collaboration as a means to creating the next wave of big gains in education planted a seed in the fertile soil of a couple of art teacher minds. The challenge to permeate boundaries and draw together external expertise to co-evolve a ‘many to many’ recipro- cal relationship for teacher professional learning for art teachers became our vision. We devised a question; how can partnerships between schools, uni- versities and other stakeholders be strengthened to support teachers in their implementation of The Australian Curriculum: The Arts? Armed with this question and a curiosity to explore Bentley’s seven key fea- tures of collaboration, we set about assembling a group of contributors, with whom we then pushed the boundaries and thresholds of what we might col- lectively do to support art teachers in their enactment of the curriculum. Arts education volunteers and advocates, early career and senior academics, pro- fessional learning organisations, and arts classroom specialists working at the coal-face poured their collective energies and resources in to the shared ambi- tion of supporting each other towards successful transformation of practice. In our chapter, we share our perspective of navigating the professional learning partnership landscape, and reflect upon our experience of engaging with Bentley’s seven key features of collaboration as a model for cultivating professional learning partnerships.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:collaboration, teacher professional learning, partnerships, education, art education, visual art
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:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:MacDonald, A (Dr Abbey MacDonald)
ID Code:135679
Year Published:2020 (online first 2019)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-11-07
Last Modified:2019-12-06

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