Status and inquiry in teacher communities

Livat Eshchar-Netz, Dana Vedder-Weiss, Adam Lefstein

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Taking a socio-cultural perspective on status, this study investigates how teachers' seniority, status, authority and power-relations shape veteran and novice teachers' learning in teacher communities. Applying Goffman's concepts for investigating the interaction order, this case study of a single community focuses on the subtle nuances of discourse in one video-recorded meeting. The analysis shows how power dynamics in community discourse afford and constrain novice and veteran teacher learning; how settings, facilitation practices, leadership and social expectations mediate status, power dynamics, and thus inquiry, thereby constraining professional learning.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103524
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • Community of practice
  • Linguistic ethnography
  • Novice and veteran teachers
  • Professional development
  • Professional learning community
  • Teacher learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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