A Learning Community Model of Graduate Student Professional Development for Teaching Excellence

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A Learning Community Model of Graduate Student Professional Development for Teaching Excellence

Authors

Aaron M. Brower (BIO)

Professor, School of Social Work
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Christopher G. Carlson-Dakes

Researcher, Delta Program in Research, Teaching, and Learning
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Shihmei Shu Barger

Associate Researcher, Wisconsin Center for Education Research
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Summary

A learning community model is presented as a successful approach to teaching-related professional development for research-active future faculty. Four core elements of learning communities are identified: shared discovery and learning, functional relationships, inclusive learning environments, and connections to other learning experiences. These four elements are used throughout learning community programming and activities to foster a sense of shared identity, belonging, ownership, responsibility, and contribution. We describe preliminary indicators of success as we prepare to further test the model.

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