Teachers' involvement in communities of practice

An implication with regard to the current approach of teachers' professional development in Malaysia

Fariza Khalid, Gordon Joyes, Linda Ellison, Aidah Abdul Karim

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Abstract

Teachers' professional development is not only important for teachers, also for schools' development. This study aims to explore teachers' engagement in communities of practice in schools and their views on the most effective professional development approach that they had experienced. The participants were 16 teachers from five schools in two states in Malaysia. The data was generated through semi-structured interviews. The analysis was done using thematic analysis, using Nvivo as a tool. The findings indicate that although for these teachers, attending courses, training and seminars helped them to gain new knowledge and related skills, their involvement in informal learning communities was significantly more meaningful for their professional development. This paper discusses the implications of this finding on the implementation of professional development currently being practiced in the Malaysian education system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-111
Number of pages10
JournalAsian Social Science
Volume9
Issue number16 SPL
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2013

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Keywords

  • Communities of practice
  • Malaysian schools
  • Professional development
  • Teachers

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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