Building knowledge, building professionalism: The Coalition of Knowledge Building Schools and teacher professionalism

Year: 2002

Author: Groundwater-Smith, Susan, Mockler, Nicole

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper will discuss the processes used to form the Coalition of Knowledge Building Schools under the auspices of the Centre for Practitioner Research at the University of Sydney. Currently six government and non-government schools are working together in the CKBS. They have defined as their purposes:

• To develop and enhance evidence based practice;
• To develop a knowledge building community using appropriate technologies;
• To contribute to the professional knowledge base with respect to educational practice; and
• To build research capability in member schools.

The processes which they aspire to adopt are:

• Developing new practitioner research methods;
• Sharing methodologies which are appropriate to practitioner inquiry;
• Engaging in cross researching in member schools;
• Considering forms of documentation;
• Reporting and critiquing research;
• Engaging in collaborative writing and reflection;
• Planning professional development to support practitioner research; and
• Considering ethics in practitioner research.

This paper will both report upon the progress of the formation of the coalition and the ways in which it can be said to be contributing to current and emerging notions of teacher professionalism.