Supporting Teacher Professional Development through Learning Communities to Improve Classroom Teaching Practices.

Friday, 20 July 2018: 08:30
Oral Presentation
Dina GALLEGOS FERNÁNDEZ, Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, Mexico
Guadalupe PALMEROS Y AVILA, Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, Mexico
In Mexico, the Escuelas Normales (EN) are teacher training institutions at kinder garden and primary level for public and private schools. Every year, the average of graduated teaches is 60. These graduated teachers present a preliminary examination to be employed as a permanent or provisional contract in public schools. Teachers are evaluated in their basic competencies (intellectual skills, basic education knowledge, and teaching competencies). In Tabasco, the results of this examination have fluctuated between 60% to 40% of suitability. On the other hand, the TALIS 2013 Mexico reports that 24% of teachers feel less prepared to do their work.

In September 2017, the government- within the framework of the Educational Reform- implemented an educational policy creating a national network called RECREA (Community Network for the Renewal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education).

This educational policy was designed to be implemented within a period of four years, from four stage. The first stage consists on a pilot study, based on action research, supported by Morin's complex thinking theory and the ICTs, as a result of this stage, a formal methodology to be implemented in the following stages, to create communities of practice.

The presentation is focused on the methodology retrieved from the experiences of implementing the strategies used in the seven networks formed throughout the country, with the aim of improving the process in the initial training of teachers.

This study is funded by PRODEP (Professional Development Programme) and SEP (Secretary of Public Education)