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Title: Exploring Focused Responsiveness as an Approach to Facilitation in Professional Learning
Authors: Richards, Jennifer
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Richards, J. (2022). Exploring focused responsiveness as an approach to facilitation in professional learning. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022 (pp. 985-988). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Meaningful professional learning (PL) for teachers needs to center their assets, aims, and needs while also bringing them into conversation with research-based instructional approaches that support student learning. In service of facilitating meaningful PL, this study introduces and aims to develop characterizations of focused responsiveness in PL. I draw on multiple literature bases and interviews with science teacher leaders who facilitated professional learning communities to build understandings of what focused responsiveness to teachers may entail and look like in PL, and associated tensions. Deeper understanding of this approach has the potential to contribute to the design and enactment of PL environments that value teachers as highly knowledgeable professionals and experienced co-generators of their own learning.
Description: Short Paper
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