This session introduces the concept of a personal narrative as a scaffolding tool for collaborative professional learning. This approach may be applied to a group of teachers, nurses, social workers, or other professionals working with people which they have no previous experience of servicing. Often, well-trained specialists encounter groups of population with unknown needs. The training approach presented here is an application of sociocultural learning theory to professional adult learning. Session participants will be able to identify possibilities for scaffolding of professional learning and will begin constructing personal narratives as scaffolds applicable to professional learning and growth in their area(s) of expertise.
Professional Learning, Scaffolding, Performance Improvement, Personal Narrative
2019 Special Focus—Border Crossing Narratives: Learning from the Refugee Experience
Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Education of Touro College, NYC