01 SES 17 A, Ecosystems of Teacher Develoment Part 3
Symposium continued from 01 SES 16 A
Studies developed by our research group about teachers’ learning (primary, secondary and higher education (Sancho-Gil, 2011; Sancho-Gil & Fernando Hernández-Hernández, 2014; Sancho-Gil, 2013) have provided rich evidence of the complexity, depth and breadth of learning. Although a fair amount of studies about teachers’ learning circumscribes to the professional environment, professional learning is not linked to a given time or space. It is rather a (dis)continuous, non-linear, fragmented and fractal process made out of intra-actions between living creatures, culture and matter. Two references guide this approach. On the one hand, Barad (2003, p. 821), who reminds us that “matter is always already an ongoing historicity”. On the other, Lenz Taguchi (2010), who points out the importance “to view ourselves in a constant and mutual state of responsibility for what happens in the multiple intra-actions emerging in the learning event, as we affect and are being affected by everything else” (p. 176). Both authors guide us to contextualize and understand how teachers’ learning takes place, by considering that learning is not something natural, but contextually constructed (Biesta, 2013) and “involves real people who live in real, complex social contexts from which they cannot be abstracted in any meaningful way […] learners are contextualized. They do have a gender, a sexual orientation, a socioeconomic status, an ethnicity, a home culture; they have interests—and things that bore them (Phillips, 2014, p. 10). From these onto-epistemological grounds, we are developing the research project: How do Secondary School Teachers Learn: Educational Implications and Challenges for Addressing Social Change- APREN-DO (MINECO. EDU2015-70912-C2-1-R). Its main aim is to explore what, how, where, with whom and with what teachers learn. From an inclusive notion of research (Nind, 2014), we are developing the research with them, not on them. Twenty-nine teachers from three secondary schools participated in workshops where a series of cartographies and conversations around them were generated. We consider cartography as an ‘inventive method’ (Lury & Wakeford, 2012). An 'aparatus of capture' that territorializes the new and the singular and can show assemblages, "multiplicities or aggregates of intensities" (Deleuze & Guattari, 1980/2000, p. 15). Our presentation focuses on the intra-actions between 1) the different components of the learning ecosystems reflected in teachers’ cartographies and the concepts emerged in the process of creating and reflecting on them; and 2) the different ecosystems, putting a special emphasis on the possible (dis)connections between the professional setting and the personal one.
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