Publication: Interaction patterns of physical education teachers in a professional learning community

Research Impact:  This study examined the ways teachers interact within a newly developed community to understand how conversations evolve; how teachers question, challenge, and/or encourage one another to grow professionally in a learning community. Bales’s Interaction Process Analysis Tool (IPA) was selected for analyzing the socio-emotional and task-oriented communication between members of the community. This study will make a contribution to existing literature in three ways. First, recognizing the increasing focus on teacher communication in a community, IPA provides insight on initial and developing interactions as they occur by directly observing subject(s) in a natural environment without altering that environment. Secondly, this study shows how interactions resulted in community members being willing to share their knowledge and experiences for the benefit of the entire community. Lastly, this study demonstrates that IPA is a useful tool for documenting the interactive actions typical in a community and clarifying aspects of group communications.

Hunuk, D., Tannehill, D. and Levent Ince, M., 2019. Interaction patterns of physical education teachers in a professional learning community. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, pp.1-17.  DOI: 10.1080/17408989.2019.1576862

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