Let's lunch and learn: Professional knowledge sharing in teachers' lounges and other congregational spaces

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Abstract

Teachers' lounges are often thought as places that breed negativity. This two-year ethnography conducted in the United States explored teachers' interactions within teachers' lounges and congregational spaces. This article discusses that an important occurrence in these spaces, professional knowledge sharing, took place instead of perpetual negativity which is the common perception. I present suggestions for how teacher education programs can highlight the importance of congregational spaces, while providing a more complete account of them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)972-978
Number of pages7
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

Keywords

  • Congregational spaces
  • Lives of teachers
  • Professional development
  • Teacher education programs
  • Teachers' lounges

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