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Through a tangled Wonderland: What makes transformative professional learning for teachers and school leaders

Netolicky, D.ORCID: 0000-0002-5258-0890 (2016) Through a tangled Wonderland: What makes transformative professional learning for teachers and school leaders. In: 2016 AERA Annual Meeting, 8 - 12 April, Washington, DC

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Abstract

This study travels ‘down the rabbit hole’ of story, with its unique approach to the phenomenon of professional learning. It employs narrative inquiry to examine the perspectives of fourteen educators in one independent Australian school during its pilot teacher growth intervention. Extended literary metaphor and known literary characters operate as a symbolic frame. Situated within the conversation of the global push for teacher quality and for professional learning which positively shapes teaching practice, the study generates context-specific connections between lived moments of being, becoming, learning, and leading. While the study set out to explore how educators’ experiences of professional learning (trans)form their senses of professional identity, it found that it is not just professional learning, but epiphanic life experiences that shape professional selves and practices.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Conference Website: https://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meetin...
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/56973
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