Community of Reflective Practice: Middle Leaders Development

Project Number
SUG 22/15 HS

Project Duration
March 2016 - May 2017

Status
Completed

Abstract
As the world becomes more interconnected through the advent and development of Information and Communication Technology, learners across age groups have begun to be more engaged in interconnected learning. These interconnections, which has been further afforded and fuelled by the World Wide Web, have also enhanced the community aspect of learning. Learning among adults has been marked by not only self-directedness, but also inter-connectedness such as the learning communities. The spirit of learning in communities has over the years been embraced in the philosophy and culture of adult learning in the Management and Leadership in Schools (MLS) Programme – an in-service executive programme for middle leaders – at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. One of the core structures of the progamme is the reflection component whereby middle leaders are encouraged to reflect throughout their 17-week executive programme. Since its inception in 2006, the reflection component has undergone several revisions, one of which is to move away from submissions of reflections to tutors for feedback and comments to submissions of reflections to group members. This study uses an action research design to further and deepen the spirit of community in learning towards a heavier emphasis on group members to take on a more active role in building a community of reflective practitioners.

Funding Source
MOE

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