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Exploring the role of the facilitator in initiating team learning in learning communities

Weeghel, S. van (2022) Exploring the role of the facilitator in initiating team learning in learning communities.

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Abstract:To meet the new requirements caused by innovations in the energy sector, the use of Learning Communities (LCs) is proposed. In LCs, up to ten participants team up to learn and innovate, supported by a facilitator. For a team to construct knowledge and skills together, team learning processes are essential. It can be expected that the facilitator initiates team learning processes in LCs, it has not been studied yet, as literature on LCs is scarce. This research explores if and with what behaviour the facilitator initiates team learning processes. The study is an exploratory case study, analyzing two LCs using observational data. The results indicated firstly that the facilitator is initiating team learning more than the other members. Secondly, questions of the facilitator could initiate more complex team learning processes. In addition, the member initiation changed a lot per meeting, which suggested that other members initiate team learning when a role or task is assigned. However, taking the limitations into account, future research should build further on these indications, either to confirm or reject these. This will contribute to research on LCs. Moreover, provide input for the design and delivery of the LCs, especially regarding the use of the facilitator.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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