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Writing Research Across Borders II
George Mason University
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Writing Reflectively About Teaching in an International Learning Community
Since 1999 an international community of teachers and researchers has been implementing reflective writing in their own instruction and writing together about their theoretical understandings, research, and instructional practice (described in Burton, Quirke, Reichmann, & Peyton, 2009). This presentation describes the different forms of reflective writing used by members of this community (personal memoirs and journals, interactive journals between two people, small-group journals, online discussion boards, free writing, and local writing communities) and the development of community over time among this international group of teachers and researchers. The following research methodologies used by the different members of the group to examine growth in reflection, learning, and sense of community will be described: discourse analysis, analysis of patterns of interaction over time, and text analysis. The presentation concludes by arguing that reflective writing communities have strong potential for promoting professional learning as well as for informing society at large about how teachers understand their work.
Presenters include Joy Peyton
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