Title

“Critical Friendship” and Sustainable Change: Creating Liminal Spaces to Experience Discomfort Together

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2012

Publication Title

Disrupting Pedagogies in the Knowledge Society: Countering Conservative Norms with Creative Approaches

First Page

32

Last Page

45

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-61350-495-6.ch003

Abstract

The central focus of this chapter will be to describe the theory and practice of critical friendship in teacher professional development, paying special attention to the ways in which participants in small professional learning communities (PLCs) create spaces in which to experience discomfort together for the purpose of sustaining their own transformation as practitioners. Using protocols (prescribed turn-taking mechanisms) as social processes to negotiate and then arrive at explicitly named norms and agreements, PLCs that use critical friendship as their goal aim to create the conditions for personal and communal transformation of both their members and their institutional contexts.

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