Working in Boundary Practices: Identity Development and Learning In Partnerships for Inclusive Education
Waitoller, Federico R.
Kozleski, Elizabeth B.
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There has been an increasing trend to promote partnerships for inclusive education that share responsibility for teachers’ and students’ learning. Yet, the complexities of collaborating across institutions and professions as well as the identity work that goes with it has been under theorized in inclusive education partnerships. Drawing from Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) and the literature on boundary practices, this paper advances theoretical tools to examine and further understand the work of inclusive education partnerships. We conceptualize partnerships as a fertile ground for learning and identity development as professionals work across institutional boundaries and face tensions and contradictions created by the overlap of different communities of practice and their respective policies and mediating tools. We illustrate theory with examples from our own work in a professional learning school for inclusive education and provide recommendations for teacher learning in teacher education programs.
cultural history activity theory