A New Way of Operating: Emerging Challenges for Traditional Practice

  • Kathleen Smith
Part of the Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices book series (STEP, volume 18)


A number of tensions and challenges emerged for all stakeholders as they attempted to work differently in this professional learning experience. This chapter builds on the information in the previous chapters in this section and identifies and explores the nature of the challenges that emerged for the sector, the teacher participants and the facilitators. The chapter discusses how the operational features that actively positioned teachers as self-directed learners placed different responsibilities on teachers as learners and support personnel, requiring them to redefine their values, expectations and ultimately their behaviours in professional learning.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen Smith
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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