Adapting the disciplinary commons model for high school teachers: Improving recruitment, creating community

Briana Morrison, Lijun Ni, Mark Guzdial

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Abstract

The Disciplinary Commons (DC) is a model of teacher professional development that encourages members of the group to reflect upon their teaching practices, develop a community, and, more broadly, to become more scholarly about their teaching. The DC involves a series of monthly meetings where university faculty members examine their course in detail while producing a course portfolio. Evaluation of the early DC's suggests that they successfully created a sense of community and sharing among the participants. We have adapted the original model to a new audience, high school computing teachers. The adapted model maintains the key aspects of the original model while adding two new, important goals for this new audience: improving recruitment and creating community. The high school teacher audience particularly needed strategies for recruiting students and was in greater need of community. We present evaluation evidence suggesting that we achieved the design goals in a replicable model, including a substantial increase (over 300%) in recruiting students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICER'12 - Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Conference on International Computing Education Research
Pages47-54
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Event9th Annual International Conference on International Computing Education Research, ICER 2012 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Sep 9 2012Sep 11 2012

Publication series

NameICER'12 - Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Conference on International Computing Education Research

Other

Other9th Annual International Conference on International Computing Education Research, ICER 2012
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period9/9/129/11/12

Keywords

  • Community
  • Disciplinary commons
  • K-12 computing teachers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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    Morrison, B., Ni, L., & Guzdial, M. (2012). Adapting the disciplinary commons model for high school teachers: Improving recruitment, creating community. In ICER'12 - Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Conference on International Computing Education Research (pp. 47-54). (ICER'12 - Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Conference on International Computing Education Research). https://doi.org/10.1145/2361276.2361287