Document Type Master's Dissertation Author Beukes, Janna Maree firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-06092011-134448 Document Title Collaborative partnership trends between teachers and educational psychology researchers Degree MEd Department Educational Psychology Supervisor
Advisor Name Title Dr R Ferreira Co-Supervisor Prof L Ebersohn Supervisor Keywords
- educational psychology researcher
- content analysis
- community of practice
- collaborative partnership
- situated learning
- collaborative research
- participatory methodology
- reflective practice
Date 2011-04-12 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe purpose of this descriptive and exploratory study was to obtain insight into collaborative partnership trends between educational psychology researchers and teachers, in order to inform participatory theory and practice in future methodology studies. The Community of Practice Framework theoretically framed the study, describing professional communities and the way in which meanings, beliefs and understandings are negotiated and reflected in communal practices. Five symposium and two reflection session presentations were purposefully selected and transcribed for qualitative content analysis in terms of a trend analysis. Findings indicate that collaborative partnerships between educational psychology researchers and teachers differ from other partnerships in that collaborative partnerships between teachers and educational psychology researchers appear to be directed by an overarching philosophy of “care”. Also, collaborative partnership studies between teachers and educational psychology researchers favour methodologies encouraging participation in identifying and addressing school-community issues. In this way, knowledge exchange and the co-creation of knowledge is promoted. These partnerships focus on how education, as well as teacher and learner experiences can be enhanced and be meaningful, rewarding, enabling and supportive. Finally, benefits and challenges in collaborative partnerships between teachers and educational psychology researchers are similar to those experienced by other professionals participating in collaborative partnerships.
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