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Using Social Network Analysis to Study How Teacher Communities of Practice Affect Science Curricula Enactment

Abstract

"A primary mission of the MainePSP is improving science teaching practice in rural settings by building and training a community of educators. The core mechanism for improving teaching practice has been formation of three teacher communities that enact common curricula materials across diverse, rural settings in grades 6-9. Consequently, study of the relationship between community participation and changes in teaching practice is a primary research focus. Social network analysis (SNA) is central to the research design. In this session we introduce key issues and questions that have emerged in application of SNA to the study of teacher communities, and we initiate an ongoing online conversation with participants to improve sharing of SNA know-how and research findings across MSP projects."

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