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

S. Van Waes, N.M. Moolenaar, A.J. Daly, H.H.P.F. Heldens, V. Donche, P. Van Petegem, P. 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 - 1 Oct 2016

    Keywords

    • Higher education
    • Informal learning
    • Personal networks
    • Professional development
    • Teacher interaction

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