La col·laboració docent com a eix central del model de formació del professorat Xarxa d'Aprenentatge entre Iguals

Student thesis: Doctoral thesis


The purpose of this research is to identify the potential and limits of the training model Xarxa d’Aprenentatge entre Iguals (XAI) or Peer Learning Network, in developing the program Leemos pareja/Bikoteka irakurtzen (LeP) or Reading in pairs, in relation to learning which promotes students, teachers, and schools. Also in relation to the possibility of generating an educational innovation that can become a sustainable practice in the school. The XAI, in a three-year cycle of training, aims to help schools involved to incorporate LeP, an educational program to improve reading comprehension based on peer tutoring. The research is based on an evaluation model of teacher professional development that puts the focus on the analysis of the training program and the teachers involved, together with its immediate context (students and school). We are interested in the achievement of students' learning, the degree of satisfaction and teachers’ learning and the level of incorporation of educational program (LeP) in schools. The different nature of research goals that we formulated, requires us to use two types of complementary methodological approaches, a quasi-experimental study that follows a pre-posttest design with a single group, and a qualitative approach. The study was conducted with 22 primary and secondary schools: 20 schools, 40 teachers and 817 students, participated using the XAI training model during the 2014-15 academic year, four of which ended the cycle of three years training. Two schools however, left before completing the training cycle. The findings show that, after developing the LeP program during a school year, students are improving their reading comprehension levels. This objective is basic because the key indicator of the quality of an effective training model is improvement in student learning. Qualitative data allows us to analyze the supports that the XAI is using, coming from the peer learning, allowing us to achieve this improvement. The first level of support is the use of peer tutoring, the fundamental base of LeP program, which allows us to promote learning among students. The second level of support is teacher collaboration, promoted by training, allowing learning among teachers, with the participation of a couple of teachers from each school, in order to offer mutual support in the planning and implementation of LeP program in the classroom. The third level of support is the collaboration with teachers who belong to other schools participating in the XAI, whether attending in person or online using a virtual space. These interactions allow learning among schools that help consolidate the decisions taken by teachers. The final outcome of this process is the implementation of the LeP program adapted to the needs and possibilities of each school, thanks to the breadth of options and flexibility offered by the XAI training model, allowing the program to become sustainable.
Date of Award27 Jan 2016
Original languageCatalan
SupervisorDavid Duran Gisbert (Director)

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