Dissolving Boundaries; Building Communities of Practice

R Austin, N Quirke-Bolt, A Rickard, N Metcalfe, Marie Mallon

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In previous years the focus of research reports addressed: the potential of the programme to enhance and transform teaching and learning (Dissolving Boundaries – supporting transformation in the classroom, 2004); the impact of the programme on pupils and on learning of sustained, inter-school topic work using ICT (The Global Classroom: collaboration and cultural awareness in the north and south of Ireland, 2003); how and to what extent the programme facilitated cultural awareness, integrated ICT into the curriculum and contributed towards teachers’ professional development (Dissolving Boundaries in the North and south of Ireland: cross-national co-operation through ICT in Education, 2002). These published research reports can be viewed on the Dissolving Boundaries web site (http://dissolvingboundaries.org).This year the focus of the research was to investigate the learning histories, project work practices and methods of communication that are used by the teachers and pupils and explore how the participants learned from the programme. We also investigated the influence of the Dissolving Boundaries programme within the school and explored the concepts of community knowledge and communities of practice.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUnknown Publisher
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2006

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  • communities of practice
  • teachers
  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland


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