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#fslt14 | FIRST STEPS INTO LEARNING
AND TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION
3 February, 2014
Hi from my home office
A) I would feel lost as an educator without regular
participation in communities of practice
B) I occasionally participate in communities of practice, but
don’t find them essential for my professional growth
C) I never participate in communities of practice. I don’t
see the value.
D) I don’t know what a community of practice is.
Communities of practice are groups of people who share a
concern or a passion for something they do, and learn how to do
it better as they interact regularly.
What are your strategies for improving your teaching?
Brookfield – 4 lenses
1. Autobiographical experiences
2. The students’ eyes
3. Our colleagues’ experiences
Brookfield – 4 lenses
Reach even further
Continually shape teaching and learning
environments into spaces of knowledge
Continually shape OWN learning
connect – reflect – improve practice
“My students complete the required
assignments and respond to my
questions, but beyond that they don’t
Design for Success
Participation on the periphery
Attention to history
Bridge and connect to enrich and advance dialogue
Rhythm and variety, build anticipation
Focus on people and dialogue
Ideas for activities emerge through participation
Mutual exchange of services / collaboration
Different modes and levels of engagement
The interactions both define and are defined by the
community – historically new forms of practice
Indicators of Success
• “WE” speak
• We did this together
• We learned together
• We advanced our practices together
• We accomplished this together
Willingness to give back
Investment in the future of the community
Brookfield, S. (2005) Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher. San
Francisco. Jossey Bass.
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