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Improving Incentives to Learning in the Workplace

Grant reference: L139251005

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TLRP: Learning in different communities of practice: a case study of English secondary school teachers
The aim of this paper is to explore how working in four communities with different cultures and practices affects the learning of the individuals within them. The communities concerned are four subject departments in two state secondary schools in England. These case studies arise from a qualitative research project carried out over the last 3 years. It is one of five projects forming the Network researching “Improving Incentives to Learning in the Workplace”, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, as part of its Teaching and Learning Research Programme. Papers from two of the other projects in the network are also being presented in this conference (Fuller and Unwin, 2003, Evans and Kersch, 2003). The sources of data for our project include: documentary evidence from national policy, the schools, departments and individual teachers on matters relating to staff development and learning; observation within the school and particularly of the teachers in their departments; and a series of semi-structured interviews with the teachers about their career histories and their learning as teachers.
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Author H Hodkinson

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