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Changing Practices, Changing Education


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1. Education: The need for revitalisation
A new view of practices
Practices as formed in intersubjective spaces: semantic, material and social
Changing practices requires transforming intersubjective spaces
A guiding question
The organisation of the book
The study
Philosophical empirical inquiry
The case studies
Praxis, practice and practice architectures
Language games, activities and practices
The theory of practice architectures
Site ontologies
Ecologies of practices
Critiquing the notion of 'ecologies of practice'
Ecologies of practices as 'living' systems
Ecologies of practices in the Education Complex
Concluding comments
Student Learning: Learning practices
Learning as initiation into practices
Learning how to go on in practices: A Wittgensteinian view of learning
Learning as being 'stirred in' to practices
Practice architectures and the practice of learning
Sarah's lesson: What did the students learn about and through writing expository texts?
Annie's moving diagram: Tracing a learning journey over time
Analysis: Annie's moving diagram
Practices of learning in ecologies of practices
Student learning and teaching
Student learning and professional learning
Learning and leading
Student learning and researching
Practices of learning and site based education development
Teaching: Initiation into practices
Practice architectures of teaching at Hillview
Practice architectures of an inquiry approach to teaching
Practice architectures of teaching at Hillview: An inquiry approach in Kindergarten
Practice architectures of teaching at Southwood: The community garden
Teaching practices in ecologies of practices
Practices of teaching and site based education development
Professional learning as practice development
Projects in professional learning for practice development
The practice architectures of professional learning as practice development
Cultivating a culture of care and collaboration
Exercising agentic collegial responsibility
Deprivatising practice
Professional learning in ecologies of practices
Connections between professional learning and teaching, leading and researching practices
Professional learning and site based education development
Practising leading
Practices architectures of leading
Staff meetings as an intersubjective space for enabling practice development
Site based leading practices
Students' leading practices
Systemic leading practices
Site based leading: Leading practices in ecologies of practices
Researching as a practice-changing practice
Site based projects of researching practice
Practice architectures that enable researching practice: Northton SchoolPractice architectures that enable researching practice: Westville
Practice architectures that enable researching practice: Hillview School
Researching in ecologies of practices
Ecological connections between the practices of researching, critically reflecting and evaluating
The practices of researching shaping leading practices
Researching (critically reflecting and evaluating) for- and as-professional learning
Researching shaping changes to teaching practices
Researching to improve student learning practices
Site based education development: Practices of researching fostering a praxis orientation
Revitalising Education: Site based education development
Some key findings
Site based educational development
What is site based education development?
Site based educational development in ecologies of practice
Site based education development: conclusions
ReferencesAppendix: Analysing practices using the theories of practice architectures and ecologies of practices: An example
Analysing practices using the practice architectures framework
Some notes about analysing social life using the theory of practice architectures
A caveat
Transcript and analysis: Sarah's lesson on expository text with a Year 5-6 class
Episode 1: Introduction to the lesson: Review of past lessons on the topic
Analysis of Episode 1
Episode 2: Preparation for the task for this lesson: Writing an expository text
Analysis: Episode 2
Episode 3: Introducing the group task of writing an expository text
Analysis: Episode 3
Episode 4: Students work in groups to draft an expository text
Analysis: Episode 4
Episode 5: Representatives of groups report on their draft expository texts
Analysis: Episode 5
Analysing practices using the theory of ecologies of practices
Ecologies of practice evident or implied in Sarah's lesson

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