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Journal of the Learning Sciences
written by Matthew T. Hora and Joseph Ferrare
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Descriptions of faculty practice that illuminate nuances of how course planning and classroom instruction occur in specific contexts are important to inform pedagogical interventions. The study reported in this article draws on systems-of-practice theory to focus on the dynamic interplay among actors, artifacts, and tasks that constrains activities such as course planning and constitutes other activities, such as classroom instruction. This qualitative case study of faculty teaching in math and science disciplines at 3 research universities is based on interview and classroom observation data (n?=?57 instructors) that are analyzed using causal network and social network analysis techniques. Results indicate that course syllabi are important organizational artifacts that are created by curriculum committees, inherited from previous instructors, and shaped by consideration of the sequential acquisition of knowledge. Faculty perceived that although course syllabi delimit the type and temporal sequencing of material for faculty, they are generally free to teach how they like. Observation data reveal discipline-specific configurations in frequently used teaching methods, cognitive engagements, and the use of instructional technology. These results also demonstrate that conceptualizing teaching solely as the use of particular methods (e.g., lecture) obscures subtle features of practice. Using the approach outlined in this article, instructional designers can obtain insights into meanings and practices that can be used to design and implement locally attuned reform initiatives.
Journal of the Learning Sciences: Volume 22, Issue 13, Pages 212-257
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© 2012 Taylor & Francis
DOI:
10.1080/10508406.2012.729767
Keywords:
Course Syllabus, Curriculum, Systems-of-practice
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Metadata instance created June 16, 2017 by joseph muse
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June 20, 2017 by Bruce Mason
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M. Hora and J. Ferrare, J. Learn. Sci. 22 (13), 212 (2012), WWW Document, (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10508406.2012.729767).
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M. Hora and J. Ferrare, Instructional Systems of Practice: A Multidimensional Analysis of Math and Science Undergraduate Course Planning and Classroom Teaching, J. Learn. Sci. 22 (13), 212 (2012), <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10508406.2012.729767>.
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Hora, M., & Ferrare, J. (2012, November 19). Instructional Systems of Practice: A Multidimensional Analysis of Math and Science Undergraduate Course Planning and Classroom Teaching. J. Learn. Sci., 22(13), 212-257. Retrieved October 15, 2018, from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10508406.2012.729767
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Hora, Matthew T., and Joseph Ferrare. "Instructional Systems of Practice: A Multidimensional Analysis of Math and Science Undergraduate Course Planning and Classroom Teaching." J. Learn. Sci. 22, no. 13, (November 19, 2012): 212-257, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10508406.2012.729767 (accessed 15 October 2018).
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Hora, Matthew T., and Joseph Ferrare. "Instructional Systems of Practice: A Multidimensional Analysis of Math and Science Undergraduate Course Planning and Classroom Teaching." J. Learn. Sci. 22.13 (2012): 212-257. 15 Oct. 2018 <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10508406.2012.729767>.
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