Shifting mindsets within: self-study of professional learning

Wolodko, Brenda and Stewart, Cherry and Green, Nicole and Edwards, Helen and Brooks, Margaret and Littledyke, Roz (2013) Shifting mindsets within: self-study of professional learning. In: Global challenges and perspectives in blended and distance learning. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA. United States, pp. 191-201. ISBN 9781466639782

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Abstract

In an educational environment focused on providing flexible learning options to diverse student groups — rural and remote, cross-cultural, mature-aged, and second-chance learners—there need to be effective capacity building strategies for the professionals who provide these educational services. People do not resist change; they resist being changed. This chapter describes the capacity building of early childhood educators redesigning curriculum for distance learning. They engaged in self-study using metaphor as a research strategy to investigate their own adaptive practices. The creation of a professional learning community was made possible by supporting personal mastery and reflecting on the shared vision. The process of focusing meta-cognition on one's own values and beliefs brought about a change in attitudes and perspectives relating to what could be achieved in an online learning environment. This chapter describes the research strategies and outcomes of an academic self-study professional development project. In addition, the authors suggest broader application of metaphor analysis as an elucidating strategy for capacity building.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2013 23:23
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2017 06:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-learning; distance education; online learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3978-2.ch015
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23296

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