2014 CoCo Seminar – Supporting Pre-Service and Early Career Teachers in Australia: Design for a Learning Network

Below are the details of a talk presented at the CoCo research lab at the university of Sydney.

A link to the AdobeConnect recording of the presentation can be found here.

Abstract:
This talk presents a number of perspectives upon a growing learning network of pre-service and early career teachers. The learning network has arisen through a collaboration between a number of Australian universities, with the aim of facilitating support in the transition between pre-service education and the first years of service. The talk is structured to refer to this example in posing questions more general to design for learning networks:

– What is the motivation for developing the learning network? Original research into the need to augment teacher support in Australia.
– How do design of the set, activities and relationships align with participant motivations? Participant ownership and designing for culture (desired within the network) as well as cultural history (of the participants in other networks).
– How does theory influence the design process? Theory-based criticism of the design and allowing this to inform further design.