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Reflective dialogue in professional learning communities

Meijlof, I.H. (2018) Reflective dialogue in professional learning communities.

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Abstract:The Katholieke Pabo Zwolle (KPZ) investigated stimulating and inhibiting factors in Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) in which their students participate. The question for more deepened research originates from this research. Both KPZ as well as different literature sources have shown mixed effects considering the effectiveness of PLC’s on student achievement. The challenge is to find depth in a conversation in a PLC meeting. This can be achieved by reflective dialogue. In this study reflective dialogue is being used with regard to Professional Learning Communities. In reflective dialogue the current way of working is reflected upon and reasoned why it is necessary to do something differently. This can be done based on experience and by using data and literature. A model of reflective dialogue within PLC’s is introduced. To gain insight into reflective dialogue the research question is: How do people in PLC’s engage in reflective dialogue? Participants were selected from the existing questionnaire of the KPZ. Qualitative research of interviews and document analysis took place. The scheme involves the theoretical framework to which the content of the interviews and documents was compared with to answer the research question(s). The PLC’s in this research engage in reflective dialogue, by using reflective questions and subjects; and by using both experience, data and literature as input for the conversations. These all support the creation of a different view and/or approach. In most cases this appeared to contribute to the PLC’s’ effectiveness. Therefore it is recommended to other PLC’s to use experience, data and literature as initiators and support in a PLC’s conversation and to enrich the conversation with depth by reflective dialogue, using reflective questions and reflective subjects.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Katholieke Pabo Zwolle, Zwolle, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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