Community of Practice (CoP) in Pre-service Teacher Education: A Suggested Framework for TPD at Assiut University College of Education

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Abdallah, M. M. S. (2013). Community of Practice (CoP) in Pre-service Teacher Education: A Suggested Framework for TPD at Assiut University College of Education. Presentation made at London's …

Abdallah, M. M. S. (2013). Community of Practice (CoP) in Pre-service Teacher Education: A Suggested Framework for TPD at Assiut University College of Education. Presentation made at London's Institute of Education (IoE) as part of TEMPUS’ Rich Exchanges about Teacher Development for the Capacity Development of Faculties of Education in International Approaches to Teacher Education Project (22 April-3 May 2013).

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  • 1. Community of Practice (CoP) in Pre-service Teacher EducationA SuggestedFramework for TPD atAssiut UniversityCollege of Education
  • 2. Prepared by Assiut University Collegeof Education Group: Prof. Ahmad S. M. Ibrahim, Professor of Curriculum& Arabic Language Teaching and Dean of thecollege Dr Mahmoud M. S. Abdallah, Lecturer of Curriculum& English Language Teaching (presenter) Mr Shabaan A. Hareedi, Assistant Lecturer ofEducational Psychology Mr Abdelraheem F. Solaiman, Assistant Lecturer ofCurriculum & Arabic Language Teaching
  • 3. In this training, we learned that… There are new dimensions and possibilities of CPD; Narratives and informal talk can be extremelyeffective: not less effective than formal training; Lifelong learning should be a continuing process thatinvolves teacher learning as part of his/her CPD; (Prospective) Teachers can learn better when theywork together in communities to share knowledgeand experience with each other; and Technology, especially the Web, can be employedfor different TPD purposes.
  • 4. Theoretical Framework A Socio-constructivist Learning Theory,with a special focus on the ZPD concept; A Situated Learning Theory; A Knowledge-Sharing Approach; A Blended Learning Approach to Education(as a design)
  • 5. Main Guidelines and Principles A Community of Practice (CoP) facilitated by an onlineplatform on the Web (e.g. Facebook) can be a convenient TPDdesign for student teachers at AUCOE; CoP can be integrated in the pre-service TE programme thereby creating a shared domain among some relevant courses(e.g. Teaching Methods, Teaching Practice, and EducationalTechnology); Student teachers should be encouraged to willingly extend theirdiscussions beyond the classroom walls to explore manylearning-teaching issues from a personal/practicalperspective; Technology can help A LOT with exchangingknowledge/experience/reflections quickly and smoothly!
  • 6. A CoP