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Title: Professional Knowledge Landscapes in Online Pre-service Teacher Education: An Exploration through Metaphor
Contributor(s): Quinn, Frances  (author)orcid ; Charteris, Jennifer  (author)orcid ; Fletcher, Peter  (author)orcid ; Parkes, Mitchell  (author)orcid ; Reyes, Vicente (author)
Publication Date: 2018
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.14221/ajte.v43.n10.4Open Access Link
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Abstract: This paper explores metaphors as a process of professional learning, and as a research method to interrogate professional knowledge landscapes (PKLs) within the flexible space and time of online pre-service teacher education. The methodology comprised five pre-service teacher educators with different disciplinary areas of responsibility engaging in metaphorical analysis of our teaching work. We found that the metaphors that frame our e-pedagogy are multiple, reflecting a range of theoretical positions and objects of our teaching work, sometimes internally contradictory notions of education and e-learning, and the complexities of our individual and collective PKLs. We argue that it is crucial in the context of pre-service teacher education to explicitly examine our own metaphors and reflect on the ways that our metaphors might influence pre-service teachers’ subsequent teaching practice. In addition, teacher educators can exploit the spatio/temporal freedom afforded by the porous border between the inside of our online environments and their outside worlds to consciously and deliberately consider the metaphors that they adopt to inform their pedagogical choices, and avoid uncritically perpetuating problematic metaphors of teaching practice.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 43(10), p. 60-80
Publisher: Edith Cowan University
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1835-517X
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390305 Professional education and training
390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160302 Pedagogy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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