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Linda and Di

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Who we are:


Di Laycock

By day (and often by night) I’m a teacher librarian in the Senior Library at Barker College, Sydney.  In 2005, my experience as a member of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition Action Research Team really whet my appetite for action research and drove home the importance of basing one’s practice on authentic and reflective research.  I’m continuing my work this year with the IBSC as the coordinator of its Action Research Program. During my time with the Coalition, I have come to appreciate the benefits of undertaking action research within a community of energetic and enthusiastic colleagues. My experience has given me the inspiration and confidence to leap a foot or two into the air and now feeds my enthusiasm to work with the equally passionate Linda Gibson-Langford to coordinate a community of action researchers for teacher librarians.  I don’t think there’s a limit to how high or how far we can fly!


Linda Gibson-Langford

By day and sometimes by night, I too am a teacher-librarian in the Centre for Learning and Leadership at The King’s School.  I came to research in my Masters years when I had to submit a literature review as part of my coursework.  I found the entire experience stimulating as I probed the books, journals and Internet for evidence focussed on information literacy.  I didn’t know that soon this research would be published online (fno.org), in a book and a journal and then eventually into French.  The research journey has some wonderful surprises as you follow the twists and the turns and it can be very satisfying to an inquiring mind.  I eventually undertook and completed a PhD with a focus on knowledge-oriented cultures and am still craving to continue the research bug.  So let’s get started - the journey will be fantastic - we promise!

Di's comments are in this colour

Linda's comments are in this colour


Opening gambit

In the creation and development of CAR-TL as a knowledge-creating, knowledge-sharing and knowledge-using community, Linda and Di see a wonderful opportunity to research the researchers. This will be the focus of our action research project.


Our purpose

We will be investigating how members of a community such as ours can support one another through the principles of collaboration.


Literature review notes

Di,  how about we begin reviewing the literature on collaborative cultures, community growing and literature that reflects  how people can work effectively in dispersed geographical settings.  

Yes,  here's an interesting article for starters. In A survey of current research on online communities of practice byChristopher M. Johnson, the author surveys current literature on communities of practice and their potential development using networked technology and remote collaboration, specifically with respect to Web communication tools.


Conversation pit


I thought Di we should have a spot where we are musing and wondering and need to talk...heck we have Skype for that anyway. True Linda, but there are also some benefits of having our major ideas here in the one place.  Skype chat is great, but it can throw a few wobblies. We could start throwing down some possible research questions. Good idea Di and as you point out, this is a good place to put our major ideas into one place. 

The research question - possibilities

1. How can knowledge be created, shared and used within a learning community that is geographically dispersed? (sounds a bit narrow to me, but it's a starting point).  Great start Di... we will toss some ideas around here - narrow is good because narrow can be complex when analysed.  Hmmm I think we will toss this one around for some time as we need to probe a question that will lead to deepr analysis.  

 2. How can a community of practice enhance professional growth?


Holidays coming soon Linda... time for us to commit a few more ideas here... yes? Not that we haven't talked (via skype) about a lot of things.

Unfortunately Di we have spoken so much in Skype that we have failed to write up our ideas and thoughts here in our research wiki.  I have been aware of this but with the crunch of time as teachers and editors and writers and speaking at conferences, hmmm... and our Uni Syd Action Research Study and our IBSC Action Research Study... ok squashing time in is something we can do.   I still think we have some interesting first steps in our research the researchers idea... and the second of the questions is what I have focussed on... 


Comments (6)

Anonymous said

at 7:11 pm on Jun 10, 2007

Hi Linda and Di, I am keen to evaluate the effects of my various activities on my students. As a lone ranger it is hard to evaluate initiatives. I think it is really good to have a place to muse but also a place where support can be offered, questions raised and ideas shared. I am hoping to clarify my own thoughts and then form an action plan through my participation.

Anonymous said

at 6:14 pm on Aug 18, 2007

Is one allowed to comment on one's own page Linda? If so, I guess we had better get going with a few more ideas for our project. There just aren't enough hours in the day!

Anonymous said

at 9:08 pm on Aug 24, 2007

Hi Di, I think you and Linda should feel free to comment on your own page!

Anonymous said

at 9:16 pm on Aug 24, 2007

I have just returned to your page and read the newer parts. I think you would have a lot of material to write about the value of using a wiki like this for professional development of a geographically diverse group within a cohort working in the same aspect of education. In our case that is TLs but I think this type of thing would work for groups of subject teachers too. The beauty of this is that it's geographically widespread but it could be a state based group, a union group, a school type group etc. The value: it's quick, it's easy, it's validated by others in the profession, it's reflective and contributes potentially to one's personal prefessional growth in a range of ways. The most obvious of the latter is experimenting with web 2 applications in a supportive environment.

Anonymous said

at 11:36 am on Aug 27, 2007

I think you've hit the nail on the head (several times) here Margaret. And how important is it that we role model the use of the technologies that we are asking our students to use. I am currently working with a classroom teacher on a unit of work in Year 10 where the students are working on a Personal Interest Project and using wikis as their working space. Earlier this year they used a wiki for a group project. It is proving a wonderful opportunity for the students, the class teacher and the TL to interact... often at some remarkable times of the day! The wiki is taking the learning beyond the physical realm of the classroom. And as you say, it's so quick and easy. Whilst there is a plethora of Web 2 tools that can enhance professional growth, I think we do have to be selective and wikis (and their future permutations)are certainly one of the tools that I think will be of long-lasting value.

Anonymous said

at 8:49 am on Oct 1, 2008

Excellent summary... I still love Skype ..so easy but I prefer the way I can get to things easily in wiki worlds - the organisation of wikis... I think though to maintain an active community which has as its members very busy teachers, we need to review our communication strategies. I thought we could just let the wiki free and not intrude too much on each other's ways of working but I am now thinking that by keeping the wiki in the forefront of each member's mind through adding comments, we stimulate our involvement.

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