The Affordance of Blogging on Establishing Communities of Practice in a Pre-Service Elementary Teacher Education Program
Julie Justice, Janice Anderson, Kathleen Nichols, Jennifer Jones Gorham, Steve Wall, Ashley Boyd, Leah Altheiser, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 21, Number 1, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
This study examines the affordances of blogging on establishing communities of practice within an elementary teacher education program. Building upon the previous work with in-service teachers of Luehmann (2008), we examined pre-service teacher participation in an online community of practice where pre-service teachers, over the course of their elementary education program. As pre-service teachers participated in the community over the course of the academic year, they discussed shared practice, developed meaning and through this community transformed their identity over time. An analysis of the data demonstrated tensions around epistemologies, community and identity development. By using this framework to analyze the data, the focus became on the tensions and opportunities for development of pre-service teachers progression from the legitimate peripheral participant to a fully engaged practitioner.
Justice, J., Anderson, J., Nichols, K., Jones Gorham, J., Wall, S., Boyd, A. & Altheiser, L. (2013). The Affordance of Blogging on Establishing Communities of Practice in a Pre-Service Elementary Teacher Education Program. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 21(1), 49-88. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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