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Using Virtual Communities of Practice to Coach and Mentor Faculty to Facilitate Engaging Critical Consciousness

Strategies for Facilitating Inclusive Campuses in Higher Education: International Perspectives on Equity and Inclusion

ISBN: 978-1-78756-065-9, eISBN: 978-1-78756-064-2

ISSN: 2055-3641

Publication date: 25 July 2019

Abstract

This chapter examines the use of virtual communities of practice to group coach and mentor educators and facilitate engaging critical consciousness. A Group Coaching and Mentoring framework became the platform in which the core elements of coaching, mentoring, metacognition, and self-regulated learning strategies were employed. These core elements were applied within virtual communities of practice to manifest self-awareness, reflective thinking, planning for action, and accountability, each of which is vital to the development of critical consciousness. Research shows that fostering critical consciousness creates spaces to address learning equity and gaps in educational achievement. Therefore, this chapter serves as a guide for educational leaders to effectively administer group coaching to raise an educator’s higher-order thinking, plan, problem solve, and co-create. The implementation of this design resulted in increased motivation and willingness among educators to apply new skills and foster new teaching experiences that shaped learning outcomes for their students.

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Gabay, V., Voyles, S., Algozzini, L. and Batchelor, G. (2019), "Using Virtual Communities of Practice to Coach and Mentor Faculty to Facilitate Engaging Critical Consciousness", Hoffman, J., Blessinger, P. and Makhanya, M. (Ed.) Strategies for Facilitating Inclusive Campuses in Higher Education: International Perspectives on Equity and Inclusion (Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Vol. 17), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 103-116. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2055-364120190000017007

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