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The POD model: Using communities of practice theory to conceptualise student teachers' professional learning online

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Clarke, Linda (2009) The POD model: Using communities of practice theory to conceptualise student teachers' professional learning online. Computers & Education, 52 (3). 521 -529. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2008.10.006

Abstract

This paper focuses on the broad outcomes of a research project which aimed to analyse and model student teachers' learning in the online components of an initial teacher education course. It begins with discussion of the methodological approach adopted for the case study, which combined conventional data gathering techniques with those which are facilitated using the 'panoptical' tools of the VLE. The author has synthesized case study evidence, learning theory (Community of practice theory) and the advice of a key theoretician, to produce an original model of student teachers' learning online within a professional online district (POD). The most distinctive feature of the POD model is the learning-curriculum dichotomy which recognises the potential of a VLE as a venue in which student teachers, working together in a community of practice, construct their own curriculum (both formal and informal/'hidden'. The paper also examines the key technological and pedagogical issues which affect students' online learning.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Communities of practice, Model, Teacher education, Virtual learning environments
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
ID Code:6431
Deposited By:Professor Linda Clarke
Deposited On:25 Jan 2010 15:57
Last Modified:30 Oct 2012 15:51

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