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Conceptualising communities of practice through embedded professional learning in pre-service teacher education

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This chapter presents a conceptual framework developed around the notion of communities of practice in the context of pre-service teacher education. Specifically, it addresses the question: In what ways can the concept of communities of practice provide a framework for investigating the embedded professional learning of pre-service teachers? In this chapter, diverse yet interrelated communities of practice are identified: (1) a university community of students and lecturers; and (2) professional practice communities of supervising teacher mentors, other teachers and staff of individual schools. In this chapter distributed learning is used as a mechanism to support shared responsibility for learning among students, practitioner experts (i.e. supervising mentor teachers) and lecturers among these two communities of practice.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Editor

Knight BA; Walker-Gibbs B; Delamoir J

Parent Title

Research into 21st century communities

Start Page

191

End Page

203

Number of Pages

13

ISBN-13

9781921214240

Publisher

Post Pressed

Place of Publication

Teneriffe, Qld

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education; Intercultural Education Research Institute (IERI); TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Number of Chapters

18