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

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Anne Campbell, Susan Groundwater-Smith
Routledge, Mar 7, 2013 - Education - 210 pages

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.


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Chapter 1 Introduction
A review
Chapter 3 Teaching as a researchinformed and researchinforming profession
Is it all possible?
Developing transprofessional understanding through practitioner inquiry
Coming together and doing research for a common moral purpose
Chapter 7 Coconstructing a new model of teacher education
Forging authentic research identities through practitioner inquiry
Creating the conditions for praxis inquiry learning
A year of qualitative research
Lessons and questions from one study
Sidebyside professional learning in the classroom
A partnership with a difference
A podcast between Philippa Cordingley Kris Needham and Mark Carter and discussion by Susan GroundwaterSmith and Anne Campbell
Connecting inquiry and professional learning

what are their needs? Some lessons from Scotland

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About the author (2013)

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.

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