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Research capacity-building with new technologies within new communities of practice: Reflections on the first year of the Teacher Education Research Network
Abstract This article focuses on a virtual researchThis article focuses on a virtual research environment (VRE) and how it facilitated the networking of teacher educators participating in an Economic and Social Research Council-funded research capacity-building project. Using the theoretical lenses of situated learning and socio-cultural approaches to literacy, participants' ways of engaging with this technology are described, and the reasons why their existing technical expertise did not unproblematically transfer to the new technology are explored. We argue that three main factors affected the use of the VRE, and in particular its wiki tool: the individual's motivation to learn and to engage with (more) new technologies; the emerging dynamics of each research group as they developed shared working practices; and the institutional climates, which supported or discouraged the individuals' engagement with both the technology and a regional Teacher Education Research Network that used this technology. In conclusion, we suggest that successful engagement with new technologies in future academic communities of practice might well benefit from a shared commitment to agreed working practices across the group and the provision of brokerage and championing of the technology by key individuals who are in the position to inspire, motivate and support others.n to inspire, motivate and support others.
Abstractsub This article focuses on a virtual researchThis article focuses on a virtual research environment (VRE) and how it facilitated the networking of teacher educators participating in an Economic and Social Research Council-funded research capacity-building project. Using the theoretical lenses of situated learning and socio-cultural approaches to literacy, participants' ways of engaging with this technology are described, and the reasons why their existing technical expertise did not unproblematically transfer to the new technology are explored. We argue that three main factors affected the use of the VRE, and in particular its wiki tool: the individual's motivation to learn and to engage with (more) new technologies; the emerging dynamics of each research group as they developed shared working practices; and the institutional climates, which supported or discouraged the individuals' engagement with both the technology and a regional Teacher Education Research Network that used this technology. In conclusion, we suggest that successful engagement with new technologies in future academic communities of practice might well benefit from a shared commitment to agreed working practices across the group and the provision of brokerage and championing of the technology by key individuals who are in the position to inspire, motivate and support others.n to inspire, motivate and support others.
Bibtextype article  +
Doi 10.1080/19415257.2012.744769  +
Has author Fowler Z. + , Stanley G. + , Murray J. + , Jones M. + , McNamara O. +
Has keyword New technologies + , Research capacity-building + , Situated learning + , Teacher education + , Wiki +
Issn 19415257  +
Issue 2  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 0  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Pages 222–239  +
Published in Professional Development in Education +
Title Research capacity-building with new technologies within new communities of practice: Reflections on the first year of the Teacher Education Research Network +
Type journal article  +
Volume 39  +
Year 2013 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 7 November 2014 19:35:56  +
Categories Publications without license parameter  + , Publications without remote mirror parameter  + , Publications without archive mirror parameter  + , Publications without paywall mirror parameter  + , Journal articles  + , Publications without references parameter  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 7 November 2014 19:35:56  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2013  +
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