What is capacity building and why does it matter? Developing a model of workforce capacity building through the case of Education Commons

Noble, Karen and Henderson, Robyn (2012) What is capacity building and why does it matter? Developing a model of workforce capacity building through the case of Education Commons. In: Constructing capacities: building capabilities through learning and engagement. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, pp. 51-68. ISBN 1-4438-4179-X

Abstract

This chapter begins by considering the development of teacher identity as an important part of pre-service teacher education. It draws on the premise that teacher professional identity is highly individualistic while at the same time collective in scope. From this perspective, pre-service teachers need space and opportunity to develop personal and professional identities, a process that requires them to “engage in the complex integration of personal self, and the taking on of a culturally scripted, often narrowly defined professional role while maintaining individuality” (Alsup, 2006, p. 4). By considering this process from the foundations of situated learning theory and communities of practice, the chapter discusses the case of Education Commons, an initiative designed to build professional networks amongst pre-service teachers, novice and experienced teachers, administrators, directors, academics and other key education stakeholders. From research data collected as part of an evaluation of the Education Commons initiative, the chapter conceptualises a model of workforce capacity building that privileges the notion of collective agency within context.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 3. c. Cambridge Scholars 2012.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2013 07:00
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2017 01:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: belonging; capacity building; choice; connectedness; identity; interactions; relationships
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23048

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