Teacher learning via communities of practice

A Malaysian case study

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Abstract

This article features the extent of learning traced during the development of online communities of practice (CoPs) among a group of Smart School teachers in a partnership model designed to help them develop professionally through the use of online tools. In the e-CPDelT project which involved 20 teachers of English, Mathematics and Science from fi ve Smart Schools, teachers collaborated with other teachers by sharing classroom issues and experiences using online tools. A central conviction underlying the design of the project is that teacher collaboration in online CoPs can help teachers grow professionally. This article attempts to probe whether the CoP approach facilitates teacher learning in the English cohort. The Community of Inquiry (CoI) model propounded by Garrison, Anderson, and Archer (2000) was used to understand the dynamics of online teacher learning. Although social, cognitive and teaching presences are the prerequisites for a successful and meaningful educational experience, for the purpose of this preliminary study, only cognitive presence is examined since it is related to knowledge-building through inquiry and refl ection. The fi ndings based on participant blog entries revealed that teacher learning was evident in the blog interactions to a small extent due to varied participation patterns and group dynamics. The article concludes with several recommended measures to enhance teacher learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-174
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Pedagogies and Learning
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Blogging
  • Cognitive presence
  • Online communities of practice
  • Professional development
  • Teacher learning

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