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ABS351 - Developing professionalism through collaborative dialogues - the importance of learning dialogues among teachers

2.6 Dialogue and the co-construction of knowledge
Paper in a Working Group Roundtable (WGRT)
5:00 PM, Wednesday 30 Aug 2017 (1 hour)
Convention Center - 2000 A - Table B
Teachers are crucial in curriculum realization and implementation. When a new curriculum is introduced, it can present challenges to the teachers in practice, and it is important to be aware of the challenges and how we cope with them. In Norway, a new curriculum for driver training was introduced in 2005. And in 2013, I made a National evaluation regarding the teachers’ experiences with interpreting the curriculum.

Dialogue as fundamental for the development of professionalism:
My findings show that the teachers emphasize the importance of interaction, co-construction and dialogues between colleagues as critical to developing curriculum understanding and their own professional practice. In addition, say the teachers the importance of what we interact if and how, and they also speak of interaction intent and values - why the interaction occurs. Teachers feel that this is significant, both for how they treat each other, how they communicate and what gets attention in interaction processes. Teachers in the study confirm that professional practice is constantly evolving, where a lot of teacher professionalism cannot be learned in formal view, but must be developed in collaboration and dialogue with others in practice.
In such a development of curriculum, understanding becomes collegial interaction and co-construction of learning essential. I will, in my presentation, discuss this topics and results from the National evaluation I made in 2013 (qualitative study).
Nord university
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