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How to identify actions to improve in the practices of a professional learning community: a study of an action research project
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9293-0445
2023 (English)In: Educational action research, ISSN 0965-0792, E-ISSN 1747-5074, p. 1-19Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article presents an action research project conducted in a Swedish compulsory school. In the project the participants explored ways of identifying actions to improve in the practices of a professional learning community in order to develop teaching. This is important for participants in such communities, since the outcome of developed teaching is challenging to achieve. The exploration is guided by practice theories and is based on three practices: teachers’ peer observations of teaching, teachers’ plan-ning of these observations, and teachers’ and a researcher’s joint conversations based on the observations. By identifying actions in these practices and the relations between them, the findings show that how participating teachers formulated the direction of peer observations influenced the feedback that colleagues gave during observation practices, which in turn influenced both the input to and outcome of the conversations that followed these observa-tions. The study not only shows that this happened, but also how and why it happened, as well as how it can be visualised. Overall, the findings clearly demonstrate what promoted and what pre-vented the teachers’ professional learning and what needed to be improved. © 2023 The Author(s).

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2023. p. 1-19
Keywords [en]
Ecologies of practices, development of teaching, improvement in professional learning, peer observation, practice architectures
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Pedagogical Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52341DOI: 10.1080/09650792.2023.2298424ISI: 001130364000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85180820036OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-52341DiVA, id: diva2:1822764
Available from: 2023-12-27 Created: 2023-12-27 Last updated: 2024-01-12Bibliographically approved

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