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Building a culture of collegiality in teaching and learning science at elementary level in Sri Lanka

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This study discusses how collegial relationships among teachers helped to improve their professional practice helping to develop competencies of students at the elementary level (grades one to five) through collaborative lesson planning. Five schools out of four educational districts were selected considering the convenience of the researchers. Before making interventions, a classroom from each grade level one to five was observed in each school. It was found that attention paid by teachers to how studentsÂ’ understanding a concept builds from grade to grade was minimal. Opportunities given for students to engage in activities and student interactions were also limited. Workshops were conducted to involve twenty-five teachers in unit planning in collaborative groups and reflecting on their own practice of teaching. In all the five schools, teachers valued their collegial relationships and extended their collaborative lesson planning with the other teachers of the same grade in their schools. They expressed their realization of the importance of involving children in hands-on activities and developing continuity across a theme for better understanding through collegial relationships. These findings point to the need for collaborative activities to be included in professional development programs to help teachers.
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Name: 53rd Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society
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Karunaratne, Sunethra. "Building a culture of collegiality in teaching and learning science at elementary level in Sri Lanka" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 53rd Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina, <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p305114_index.html>

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Karunaratne, S. "Building a culture of collegiality in teaching and learning science at elementary level in Sri Lanka" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 53rd Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p305114_index.html

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Abstract: This study discusses how collegial relationships among teachers helped to improve their professional practice helping to develop competencies of students at the elementary level (grades one to five) through collaborative lesson planning. Five schools out of four educational districts were selected considering the convenience of the researchers. Before making interventions, a classroom from each grade level one to five was observed in each school. It was found that attention paid by teachers to how studentsÂ’ understanding a concept builds from grade to grade was minimal. Opportunities given for students to engage in activities and student interactions were also limited. Workshops were conducted to involve twenty-five teachers in unit planning in collaborative groups and reflecting on their own practice of teaching. In all the five schools, teachers valued their collegial relationships and extended their collaborative lesson planning with the other teachers of the same grade in their schools. They expressed their realization of the importance of involving children in hands-on activities and developing continuity across a theme for better understanding through collegial relationships. These findings point to the need for collaborative activities to be included in professional development programs to help teachers.


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