Impact of Reflective Dialogue on Teachers’ Professional Growth

Year: 2021

Author: Mohan, Parmeshwar, Chand, Deepa

Type of paper: Individual Paper

Reflective  dialogue   is  a  key   component  how  teachers   learn  to  perfect   their  educational practice.  It happens   in  schools  when   teachers embrace the   challenge  of  sharing   personal  experiences about  professional   practices  with  their   colleagues;  this  is   regarded  as  both   a  tool  and   a  process  to understand teaching. This paper investigates using a action research how teachers at a decile 7 school in New Zealand engage in constructive conversations about their practice, to professionally grow and improve student learning. Teachers viewed sharing of experience as a substantive way of teacher learning when compared to the individual context.  Understanding how teachers participate in such dialogue and how such participation shapes their learning was crucial. Therefore, it is important that school leadership team support the change of the school culture to promote teachers’ professional growth as it would enhance student learning.