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Sustaining Communities of Practice with Early Career Teachers

Supporting Early Career Teachers in Australian and International Primary and Secondary Schools, and Educational Social Learning Spaces

Authors: Mercieca, Bernadette Mary, McDonald, Jacquelin

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  • Draws on a longitudinal perspective of Communities of Practice within the school that have been operating for over years
  • Discusses the emerging field of online Communities of Practice in social media 
  • Contains practical ideas for teaching practitioners and school leaders about how to implement Communities of Practice
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This book focuses on sustaining communities of practice in primary and secondary schools in Australia and internationally for the professional learning of all teachers, and particularly, early career teachers. Informed by the communities of practice research of Wenger-Trayner, it shows what factors are conductive to the sustainability of communities of practice, drawing particularly on a case study of an Australian regional secondary school, and explores how it has sustained support particularly for early career teachers over a three-year period.
The first chapters of the book provide longitudinal perspectives using qualitative data and include perspectives from a variety of stakeholders, including the principal, the professional learning coordinator and the early career teachers who have experienced the school’s Communities of practice over three or more years. It offers practical suggestions on how to implement and improve communities of practice in schools and highlights the increasing importance of online communities to support early career teachers. Policy-makers, school principals, teacher educators and teaching practitioners find the book useful for implementing and sustaining communities of practice in schools.
Subsequent chapters explore the value of online communities, such as Twitter communities; the role of collegial support networks in supporting early career teachers in Flemish primary education; and professional learning in Northern Ireland pre- and in-service teacher networked communities.

About the authors

Bernadette Mercieca currently works as a sessional educator at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. Her work with pre-service secondary teachers highlighted for her the disparity between the high hopes of graduating teachers and the challenges of their first years in a teaching position, especially as many could only acquire casual relief teaching positions. She is also researching the value of online learning spaces for early career teachers with her colleague, Jacqueline McDonald.
Honorary Associate Professor Jacquie McDonald is a Higher Education Community of Practice consultant. She previously worked for over 26 years as Learning and Teaching Designer at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Australia designing online and distance learning courses and programs. Since 2006, she led the successful implementation of communities of practice at USQ, which was recognised by a 2009 Australian Universities Quality Agency commendation and 2009 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation. She led a number of institutional and national fellowships and grants to research and provide resources for leadership of communities of practice. She is a member of the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows (ALTF) Alumni and has been invited by national and international universities to facilitate Community of Practice workshops and contribute to CoP initiatives. Recent publications include 2017 Springer co-edited books, Communities of Practice: Facilitating Social Learning in Higher Education, and Implementing Communities of Practice in Higher Education: Dreamers and Schemers.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook 85,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sustaining Communities of Practice with Early Career Teachers
Book Subtitle
Supporting Early Career Teachers in Australian and International Primary and Secondary Schools, and Educational Social Learning Spaces
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-336-354-0
DOI
10.1007/978-981-33-6354-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-336-353-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 173
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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