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What makes an online community of practice work? A situated study of Chinese student teachers’ perceptions of online professional learning

Hou, Heng (Helen) (2015) What makes an online community of practice work? A situated study of Chinese student teachers’ perceptions of online professional learning. Teaching and Teacher Education, 46 . pp. 6-16. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0742051X14001310

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2014.10.005

Abstract

This paper brings to the fore a cohort of student teachers' perceptions of an online learning experience during school placement in a Chinese tertiary institution; it critically explores factors contributing positively to online professional learning and the development of the community. An ethnographic case study approach was adopted. Findings indicate that online communication allows participants to recognize the significant presence of others in supporting and transforming their learning. It also fosters an appreciation and embracement of the multidimensional roles that they take on. Voluntary participation and empowerment emerge as key factors making this a vibrant professional community for professional growth.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Online communities of practice, Learning-to-teach, School placement, Chinese views of learning
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:31108
Deposited By: Dr Helen Hou
Deposited On:03 Apr 2015 08:30
Last Modified:12 Jun 2018 10:43

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