01 SES 17 A, Ecosystems of Teacher Develoment Part 3
Symposium continued from 01 SES 16 A
Over the last two decades within the international field of educational research, a vast literature oriented toward the study of teachers´ learning has been produced. A number of these studies have been focused either to the contexts or the conditions where professional learning emerges (Wenger, Fenton, Kubiak, Hutchinson, & Wenger, 2014), the influence of learning on teachers´ identity (Flores & Day, 2006), as well as learning practises in school environments (Stoll, Fink, & Earl, 2004). To step into the complexity of this topic implies to explore at least, the dimensions related to the teacher, the school, the learning activity and the learning experiences beyond professional practices, as the authors Opfer and Pedder (2011) highlight in their work. From this perspective, in so far as we approach a wide consideration of learning, avoiding linear and simple causalities, it is necessary to make use of a different kind of methodological approach able to map the experiences related to learning on the basis of individual subjectivity. For this reason, in this study we have considered using art based research methods, inspired by post-qualitative perspectives (Jackson & Mazzei, 2012; St. Pierre, 2011). More specifically, we have based it on visual representations as a way to get close to the experiences of 22 Infant and Primary Education Teachers, in relation to their transits through different learning ecologies. This research (APREN-DO, MINECO. EDU2015-70912-C2-1-R) has allowed us to realize how our participants move throughout different spaces such as living systems, communities of practice or networks, searching for satisfying their necessities of training and trying to scape from the knowledge sectarization of their schools. Alternatively, they construct their own social networks engaging with one another, looking for a better professional development. It also appears particular events as the so-called cross-pollination (Hargreaves & Fink, 2008) where those teachers carry ideas back and forth between the networks they belong, or what Wenger (1998) calls brokering, where individuals or group of people create opportunities that make connections between groups introducing elements from one practice to another. The elaboration of the cartographies is a challenge to think differently about the phenomenon of professional learning, giving us a visual representation regarding the organic elements that relate to their professional and personal lives. This approach has allowed us to think with the notion of nomadic learning (Braidotti, 2000) represented by the map of relations and transits with which the subject connects.
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