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Systems 2017, 5(2), 39; doi:10.3390/systems5020039

Communities of Practice as Systems: The Case of TEALEAF

STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies, Dublin City University, St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, D09 DY00, Ireland
Academic Editor: Josue Antonio Nescolarde Selva
Received: 5 March 2017 / Revised: 13 April 2017 / Accepted: 11 May 2017 / Published: 21 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Complex Social Systems: Theory And Practice)
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This work provides an update to the Erasmus Plus TEALEAF project. The outcomes of a week-long EU-funded/Irish Government-recognized teacher course in July 2016 is described within the context of a qualitative small-scale study investigating teachers’ progress in the course. The explicit aim of the teacher course was to equip a diverse group of teachers with the initial tools to work to produce simple digital apps for learning about biodiversity in their respective domains. A community of practice seeks to establish a new concept of the pre-existing generalised collective conscience through triangulated conversation between the generalised and particularised collective and individual consciences; in particular, to revise the generalised collective conscience that teachers can program apps for learning about biodiversity. A number of features of teaching and learning were selected in general and their relationship to constructivism delineated. The teachers were prompted for their responses to each day of the course through a self-evaluation tool and the responses were ranked according to the rubric. The data was analyzed using multidimensional scaling—ASCAL procedure—in SPSS 23TM and within the repertory grid domain according to the RepSocio tool in Rep 5TM. The plots show a gradual development throughout the week in terms of specific features becoming ‘stronger’ or exerting more influence towards the middle of the course and fragmenting after that. Analyses were able to show which participants correlated most closely with the hypothetical ideal within the community of practice. Concerning this community of practice, the interrelationships within the community are determined using a social mapping exercise moving from the individual consciences to a particularised collective conscience. View Full-Text
Keywords: communities of learning; systems; apps; teacher education; TEALEAF communities of learning; systems; apps; teacher education; TEALEAF
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McCloughlin, T. Communities of Practice as Systems: The Case of TEALEAF. Systems 2017, 5, 39.

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