Characteristics of PLC's (Most Prominent Themes - Essentials…
Characteristics of PLC's
Most Prominent Themes - Essentials
Participants are diverse :
Experience in online/blended teaching
Willingness to take pedagogical risks
Must investigate problems of their own practice
Content and application must directly relate to their practice
Time/space/opportunity for them to share common problems
Time/space/opportunity for them to reflect on their own practice (ongoing, sustained critical reflection a key here)
Specific problems that matter to individuals, not generic (ie all blended grad profs have this issue) - more like, here is bob's problem, let's work on it together
"safe" collaborative atmosphere to share ideas and take intellectual/emotional risks
Do participants feel comfortable enough to speak freely and engage in open inquiry?
Is open inquiry scaffolded and modeled by instructor?
Do participants feel confident enough to engage with each other (self-efficacy).
What it is NOT :no_entry:
A task force or committee
a workshop or series of workshops
Focuses on a shared "craft"/profession
Key Theoretical Frameworks Specific to PLC's
Community of Inquiry (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2001)
Broad enough to contain other theories such as self-efficacy, self-regulation, co-regulation, socially-shared regulation
Communities of Practice (Lave & Wenger, 1991)
Other Characteristics of Note
Engender simplicity and empowerment (Parsons et al., 2016)
Key Theoretical Frameworks Supporting FLC's
The ICAP Framework (Chi & Wylie, 2014).
Social elements of Self-Regulated Learning Theory (Hadwin & Oshige, 2011)
Professional Capital as Accountability (Fullan et al., 2015)
Zone of Proximal Development (Vygotsky, 1978)
Sociocultural Approaches to Learning & Development (John-Steiner & Mahn, 1996)
Social Learning Theory (Bandura, 1971)