This webinar is hosted in English
Cultivating a Language Educator’s Personal Learning Network Through Informal Pedagogical Dialogues by Benjamin Stewart
Traditional approaches to professional development remain popular today but do not lead to ongoing and sustainable professional growth (Darling-Hammond, Wei, Andree, Richardson, & Orphanos, 2009). The authors suggestion that “episodic workshops disconnected from practice do not allow teachers the time for serious, cumulative study of the given subject matter or for trying out ideas in the classroom and reflecting on the results” (p. 44). And although isolated workshops and conferences provide teachers a break in routine, a chance to meet colleagues and discuss professional problems, and exposure to stimulating new ideas, they remain far removed from the situational factors affecting day-to-day classroom practices (Atay, 2006).
This talk will provide the theory and methodology behind an in-progress multiple case study involving English language educators practicing in Mexico. It will also include a description of the instruments and online spaces used for this study as well as the data analysis used for interpreting results. The attendees of this talk will receive an invitation to the online spaces being used for the study should they choose to interact with the participants via informal pedagogical dialogues (IPDs). This study sets out to determine how EFL educators in Mexico conduct open, online, IPDs that enrich a personal learning network (PLN). Another objective is to determine how these educators confront challenges when openly sharing IPDs online within a PLN. Finally, revealing the complexities of a PLN over time may shed light into new approaches to how educators view ongoing and sustainable professional learning.
Benjamin Stewart holds a master’s degree in education, curriculum and instruction: technology from Grand Canyon University and is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Northcentral University. He is a full-time EFL teacher educator and researcher at the University of Aguascalientes with a particular interest in researching how language educators can match professional leadership skills with current technologies in ways that lead to open and sustainable professional growth.