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Title: Narrowing the Gap with Concept Maps: From Documents to Doing
Contributor(s): McPhan, Greg  (author); Afamasaga-Fuata'i, Karoline  (author)
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: This paper presents an overview of some teacher professional development in mathematics and science. Primary, secondary and learning support teachers worked collaboratively using concept maps to present: sections of syllabuses; their own pedagogical content knowledge; and learning material to be used in the classroom. As part of the planning activity, teachers identified: appropriate teaching and learning sequences; essential background information for units of work; and potential problem areas that students might encounter. In addition, the use of concept maps as advance organisers provided a means for tracking student learning in the classroom. This paper therefore, picks up on the 'Narrowing the Gap' conference theme of collaboration between researchers and teachers in professional learning activities aimed at expanding the repertoire of strategies that can be used to address educational disadvantage. The 'gap' referred to relates to the separation that can exist between the intent of syllabus documents and classroom practice with its many (student) conceptions about the interpretation of learning tasks. 'Narrowing' the separation was undertaken by teachers as they managed, interpreted and planned material for classroom use. In this article, this 'narrowing' process is represented in three stages, each based on the preparation of concept maps.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: Narrowing the Gap: Addressing Educational Disadvantage, Armidale, NSW, Australia, 26-27 April 2007
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the 'Narrowing the Gap: Addressing Educational Disadvantage' Conference, p. 99-114
Publisher: University of New England, SiMERR National Research Centre
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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