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Researching ‘with’ Lifelong Learning Teacher Educators in England and their In-Service Student Teachers: an action research study on the use of modelling

Powell, David (2014) Researching ‘with’ Lifelong Learning Teacher Educators in England and their In-Service Student Teachers: an action research study on the use of modelling. In: Collaborative Action Research Network CARN 2014: Connecting Researchers, Connecting Communities, Friday October 31st - Sunday November 2nd 2014, Gateshead, UK. (Unpublished)

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The focus of this paper is a collaboration between two teacher educators from a further education (FE)
college and a university-based teacher educator who are exploring the use of modelling, a teaching
method which can allow student teachers to ‘see’ into teacher practice, with in-service student
teachers from the Lifelong Learning sector in England. This study adopted a second-person practice
approach (Chandler and Torbert, 2003, p.142) in which I, the university-based teacher educator, discussed
with the two teacher educators Loughran and Berry’s (2005) paper on peer-teaching as a prelude to them
planning a class for a group of first year trainees, where a new teacher educator ‘modelled’ a teaching
strategy and professional value and a more experienced teacher educator lead a ‘de-brief’ with the
student teachers of the modelling. This approach sought to answer two research questions: Firstly, what
happens when teacher educators work together to explore the pedagogy of teacher education and,
secondly, what are student teachers’ perceptions of the use of modelling by their teacher educators.
A diverse set of data was collected including transcriptions from the planning meeting, a film of the lesson,
a focus group held with the student teachers after the class, a stimulated recall interview with the
teacher educators and the teaching materials from the class. The data collected was then analysed using
the conceptual framework of theories of practice architectures and ecologies of practices (Kemmis et
al., 2014) and Winter’s (1982) concept of dilemma analysis. There are two principal findings arising from the
study. Firstly, teacher collaboration is ‘messy’ (Adamson and Walker, 2011) and ‘beset by dilemmas’ (Winter,
1982, p.168); secondly, the use of modelling assumes that student teachers already possess the required
language, what Freire (1996) calls the ‘dominant syntax’, and theoretical knowledge to engage with a
teacher educator as they ‘unpack’ their practice (Loughran and Berry, 2005) and this can either ‘sustain or
suffocate’ its use as a teaching strategy (Kemmis, 2014, p.50)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
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Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 15:31
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