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From Connection to Community: A Medium-Term Contribution of a Mobile Teacher Training in Madagascar – The Genesis of a Social Network

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This article presents a Social Network Analysis (SNA) of the medium-term contributions of a mobile phone supported teacher training project. Based on the case study of the IFADEM project in Madagascar, a social network analysis with a mixed-method approach was conducted, making use of qualitative and quantitative datasets covering both the training period and the aftermath (2 years) of the project. The results indicate that a mobile supported teacher network has been formed by former participants and sustains autonomously. The mobile phone plays a hybrid role, both as a tool for communication whilst also transforming relationships, leading to teachers identifying as a community which in turn generates professional practices such as collaboration and innovation. Finally, the SNA also allowed for the identification of network leaders whose skills, competences and activities contribute to the value and sustainability of the network.

Keywords

  • Teacher collaboration
  • Social Network Analysis
  • M-learning
  • Mobile learning
  • M4e
  • Teacher training
  • E-learning
  • Teacher leadership
  • Teacher networks

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von Lautz-Cauzanet, E., Bruillard, E. (2021). From Connection to Community: A Medium-Term Contribution of a Mobile Teacher Training in Madagascar – The Genesis of a Social Network. In: Antonyuk, A., Basov, N. (eds) Networks in the Global World V. NetGloW 2020. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, vol 181. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-64877-0_19

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