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Interconnecting networks of practice for professional learning

Mackey, Julie and Evans, Terry 2011, Interconnecting networks of practice for professional learning, International review of research in open and distance learning, vol. 12, no. 3, Special Issue - Connectivism : design and delivery of social networked learning, pp. 1-18.

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Title Interconnecting networks of practice for professional learning
Author(s) Mackey, Julie
Evans, Terry
Journal name International review of research in open and distance learning
Volume number 12
Issue number 3
Season Special Issue - Connectivism : design and delivery of social networked learning
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher Athabasca University
Place of publication Athabasca, Canada
Publication date 2011-03
ISSN 1492-3831
Keyword(s) connecting online and professional communities
online education
networks of practice
professional learning
communities of practice
Summary The article explores the complementary connections between communities of practice and the ways in which individuals orchestrate their engagement with others to further their professional learning. It does so by reporting on part of a research project conducted in New Zealand on teachers’ online professional learning in a university graduate diploma program on ICT education. Evolving from social constructivist pedagogy for online professional development, the research describes how teachers create their own networks of practice as they blend online and offline interactions with fellow learners and workplace colleagues. Teachers’ perspectives of their professional learning activities challenge the way universities design formal online learning communities and highlight the potential for networked learning in the zones and intersections between professional practice and study.
The article extends the concepts of Lave and Wenger’s (1991) communities of practice social theory of learning by considering the role participants play in determining their engagement and connections in and across boundaries between online learning communities and professional practice. It provides insights into the applicability of connectivist concepts for developing online pedagogies to promote socially networked
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Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Athabasca University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033663

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