Facilitating teacher educators' professional learning through a regional research capacity-building network

Marion Jones, Grant Stanley, Olwen McNamara, Jean Murray

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This paper reports on the Teacher Education Research Network (TERN) initiative, which piloted a model for research capacity building in teacher education in the North West of England with the aim of providing early and mid career researchers from seven regional universities with opportunities for professional learning and development. It explores the intricate dynamics of the learning journeys undertaken by the participants and critically examines the structural, social and cultural factors involved in the navigation of the complex ecologies in which they were embedded as teacher educators and how this impacted on their learning. It concludes that initiatives such as TERN can result in academic learning and professional development, but in view of the internal and external pressures confronting education departments today it also raises pertinent issues with regard to the sustainability of such projects. As such the paper makes a strong contribution to the growing international literature on academic learning and professional development within a research capacity-building context. © 2011 Australian Teacher Education Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-275
Number of pages12
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011


  • Networking
  • Professional learning
  • Research capacity building
  • Teacher education


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