Classroom teachers as co-researchers : the affordances and challenges of collaboration

O'Mara, Joanne and Gutierrez, Amanda 2010, Classroom teachers as co-researchers : the affordances and challenges of collaboration, Australian journal of language and literacy, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 41-54.

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Title Classroom teachers as co-researchers : the affordances and challenges of collaboration
Author(s) O'Mara, Joanne
Gutierrez, Amanda
Journal name Australian journal of language and literacy
Volume number 33
Issue number 1
Start page 41
End page 54
Publisher Australian Literacy Educators' Association
Place of publication Norwood, S. Aust.
Publication date 2010-02
ISSN 1038-1562
Keyword(s) education
teacher collaboration
Summary The article outlines the aspects of the research design that engage with teachers in schools and discusses some of the challenges and affordances that the relationships (between the teachers, the schools, the research partners and the researchers) experienced in the project, Literacy in the 21st Century: Learning from Computer Games. The article has a particular focus on the teachers' work as co-researchers, their descriptions of working in the project and some of the issues for teachers and researchers in working in this way. The data used for the analysis includes the teacher writing, interview data and researcher observations. The teachers who participated in the project designed and delivered curriculum using computer games in various ways including making their own games, evaluating games, analyzing game structures, and examining the culture around games and the ways in which games and other technologies are merging. Some of these curriculum units are described elsewhere in this issue (Beavis & O'Mara, 2010). This article's purpose is to follow the teachers' professional learning experiences rather than detail these curriculum designs, which the teachers will describe elsewhere. The paper concludes with our personal reflections on the affordances and challenges of working this way for us in our different roles in the research team.
Language eng
Field of Research 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Australian Literacy Educators' Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041517

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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