The networked instructor: The quality of networks in different stages of professional development

Sara Van Waes, Nienke M. Moolenaar, Alan J. Daly, Henderijn Heldens, V. Donche, P. van Petegem, Piet van den Bossche

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Abstract

This article focuses on the quality of instructional networks in different stages of professional development. Drawing theoretically from social capital theory and literature on teacher interaction, we conducted in-depth interviews with 30 instructors at the university level. Using qualitative social network analysis to capture and analyze networks, we found that the quality of instructors’ interactions varied across developmental stages (novice, experienced non-expert, and expert instructors), both in terms of interdependence and opportunities for value creation. These findings offer valuable leverage for shaping educators’ everyday professional development and increasing teaching capacity through quality interaction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-308
Number of pages14
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Volume59
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

Keywords

  • Personal networks
  • Professional development
  • Higher education
  • Teacher interaction
  • Informal learning
  • PERSPECTIVE
  • PERSONAL NETWORKS
  • KNOWLEDGE
  • COMMUNITIES
  • TEACHER COLLABORATION
  • WORKPLACE CONDITIONS
  • STUDENT-ACHIEVEMENT
  • SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
  • DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
  • Informal learning
  • SOCIAL NETWORKS

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