What’s in a name: Dimensions of social learning in teacher groups

Emmy Vrieling*, Antoine Van den Beemt, Maarten De Laat

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    Induced by a literature review, this paper presents a framework of dimensions and indicators highlighting the underpinning aspects and values of social learning within teacher groups. Notions of social networks, communities of practice and learning teams were taken as the main perspectives to influence this social learning framework. The review exercise resulted in four dimensions: (1) practice, (2) domain and value creation, (3) collective identity and (4) organization. The indicators corresponding to these dimensions serve as the foundation for understanding social learning in practice. The framework of dimensions and indicators can be of assistance for researchers as well as teacher groups that aim to assess their views on social learning and analyse whether these views fit the learning goals of the group, or that adjustments are required. In this way, learning processes within groups of teachers can be improved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)273-292
    Number of pages20
    JournalTeachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice
    Issue number3
    Early online date31 Jul 2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • social learning
    • collaborative learning
    • teacher groups
    • professional development


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