Professional Learning

Bridging between Research and Practice

Supporting Professional Development through Collaborative Studies of Classroom Teaching with Technology

Authors: Hennessy, Sara

  • This work innovatively engages teachers in collaborating with academics to develop mutually accessible accounts of theory and new research-informed classroom practices using (interactive whiteboard) technology.

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This book presents a fresh approach to bridging the perceived gap between academic and classroom cultures. It describes a unique form of research partnership whereby Cambridge University academics and school teachers together grappled with and reformulated theory – through in-depth case studies analysing practice using interactive whiteboards in five subject areas. The inquiry exploited the collaborators’ complementary professional knowledge bases. Teachers’ voices are particularly audible in co-authored case study chapters. Outcomes included deeper insights into concepts of sociocultural learning theory and classroom dialogue, more analytical mindsets, sustained new practices and ways of working collegially. The book reflects upon the power of lesson video review and details how the co-inquirers negotiated “intermediate theory” – bridging educational theory and specific settings – framed in mutually accessible language and embodied in interactive multimedia resources for teacher development. These include video clips, analytic commentary from multiple perspectives, lesson materials, plus optional prompts for reflection and critique – not models of “best practice”. The resources make pedagogy explicit and vividly illustrate the book’s ideas, offering theory-informed yet practical tools designed with and for practitioners. Hennessy and colleagues have tested a model of ongoing, teacher-led development and innovation, professional dialogue and classroom trialing stimulated by discussing selected multimedia resources. The book will interest academic and teacher researchers, initial teacher educators, professional development leaders, mentors, plus practitioners interested in using interactive whiteboards and dialogic teaching. It explores widening approaches to collegial development to reach educators working in other contexts (with and without technology). This could involve intermediate theory building or shortcutting by sharing and adapting the outcomes – springboarding teachers’ further critique and professional learning. “I cannot recommend this book too highly … it weaves a complex developmental story with a range of facets. It emphasises clearly the rigour of the research that was conducted, while demonstrating the complexity of the inter-relationships, practices and issues for both teachers and researchers in developing practical and theoretical knowledge. Its graphic insights through text and associated media provide exemplars for teachers and those who work with teachers as a rich resource. It shows us all what can be achieved and the means of achieving it.” Prof. Barbara Jaworski, University of Loughborough

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Research Focus and Methodology for Collaboratively Analysing Practice

    Hennessy, Sara

    Pages 15-48

  • Case Study One: Supporting Knowledge Co-Construction in History

    Hennessy, Sara

    Pages 49-76

  • Case Study Two: Supporting Active Learning in Science

    Hennessy, Sara

    Pages 77-105

  • Case Study Three: Fostering Collaborative Interpretation of Poetry in English

    Hennessy, Sara

    Pages 107-142

  • Looking Across Subjects and Settings

    Hennessy, Sara

    Pages 143-162

Buy this book

eBook $49.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-6209-434-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bridging between Research and Practice
Book Subtitle
Supporting Professional Development through Collaborative Studies of Classroom Teaching with Technology
Authors
Series Title
Professional Learning
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Sense Publishers
Copyright Holder
SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-6209-434-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6209-434-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXII, 366
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