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Connecting Inquiry and Professional Learning in Education
International Perspectives and Practical Solutions

ISBN 9780415478137
Published August 17, 2009 by Routledge
224 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

How might inquiry enhance the professional practice of student and practising teachers, teacher educators and other practitioners? What effect might this have on the learning of young people in and outside of the classroom?

Based on the findings of an international colloquium and drawing upon a range of practices from the UK, USA, Canada, Europe and Australia, this book is designed to make explicit the connections between Practitioner Inquiry and Teacher Professional Learning in Initial Teacher Education and Ongoing Teacher Professional Development.

Considering issues such as

  • the relationship between practitioner inquiry and pedagogical content knowledge
  • whether it is possible to scale up from small local and intensive innovations to more broadly-based inquiry
  • inquiry’s role in professional identity, both individual and communal
  • prevailing socio-political contexts and consequences for social policy formation.

It brings together writers who work in designing teacher education courses, and those who are practice-based researchers and policy makers. Crucially, many of these writers inhabit both spheres, and their accounts of how they successfully combine their multiple roles will prove vital reading for all those involved in examining and improving practice leading to enhanced teacher professional learning.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Anne Campbell and Susan Groundwater-Smith  2. Mapping the field of practitioner research, inquiry and professional learning in educational contexts: a review, Anne Campbell and Olwen McNamara  3. Research informed and research informing teacher education, Bob Lingard and Peter Renshaw  4. ‘Insiders’ and ‘outsiders’ researching together to create new understandings and to shape policy and practice – is it all possible? Pat Broadhead  5. Learning Across Boundaries: Developing Trans-professional Understanding through Practitioner Enquiry, Rob Hulme and David Cracknell  6. Postgraduate programmes as platforms: coming together and doing research for a common moral purpose, Petra Ponte  7. New Directions in Teacher Education, Kay Livingstone and Lynne Shiach  8. Academic induction for new teacher educators: forging authentic research identities through practitioner inquiry, Jean Murray  9. Teacher researchers in Scotland: what are their needs? Ian Menter and Moira Hulme  10. Making the Conditions for Learning: Praxis Inquiry and Assessment in Teacher Education, Anne Davies  11. Learning by Doing: A Year of Teacher Research, Alexandra Miletta  12. Networks of researching schools: lessons and questions from one study, Colleen McLaughlin  13. From Lesson Study to Learning Study: Side-by-Side Professional Learning in the Classroom, Nicole Mockler and Susan Groundwater-Smith  14. Learning Outside the Classroom: A Partnership with a difference, Susan Groundwater-Smith and Lynda Kelly  15. School leaders using inquiry and research, Philippa Cordingley and Kris Needham  16. Joining the dots – connecting inquiry and professional learning, Susan Groundwater-Smith and Anne Campbell

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Anne Campbell is Professor of Professional Learning in the Carnegie Faculty of Sport and Education at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.

 Susan Groundwater-Smith is an Honorary Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Australia, and leads the Coalition of Knowledge Building School.