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A layered approach to critical friendship as a means to support pedagogical innovation in pre-service teacher education

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posted on 2017-08-29, 11:22 authored by Tim Fletcher, Déirdre Ní Chróinín, MARY O'SULLIVANMARY O'SULLIVAN
In this article we describe and interpret how two distinct layers of critical friendship were used to support a pedagogical innovation in pre-service teacher education. The innovation, Learning about Meaningful Physical Education (LAMPE), focuses on ways to teach future teachers to foster meaningful experiences for learners in physical education. Critical friendship was applied in two ways: (1) the first two authors served as critical friends to each other as they taught their respective teacher education courses using LAMPE, and (2) the third author acted as a meta-critical friend, providing support for and critique of the first two authors' development and enactment of the innovation. Over two years, data were gathered from reflective journal entries, emails, recorded Skype calls, and teaching observations. The two layers of critical friendship held significant benefits in advancing and supporting the development of the innovation while also contributing to the professional learning of all participants. Analysis of the first year's data showed that we entered the critical friendship without thoroughly considering what we each hoped to give and take from the relationship or acknowledging the potential problems that might unfold. In the second year, guided by suggestions from our meta-critical friend, we took a more rigorous inquiry stance as critical friends, contributing contentious feedback and pushing each other beyond our personal and pedagogical comfort zones. This led to a noticeable improvement in our professional learning about teacher education practices and advanced the development of the LAMPE innovation.

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Studying Teacher Education;12 (3), pp. 302-319

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Taylor and Francis

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peer-reviewed

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This is an Author's Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Studying Teacher Education copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17425964.2016.1228049

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English

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