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ethnography video

Click the image to see a ShowMe video introducing ethnography as a research methodology.

Joint Practice Development

JPD was defined by Michael Fielding and colleagues (1) as “…learning new ways of working through mutual engagement that opens up and shares practices with others”. Hargreaves (2) describes JPD as ‘a joint activity, in which two or more people interact and influence one another’. So JPD is a process by which individuals, learn from one another.


It has three key characteristics; it:

involves interaction and mutual development related to practice

recognises that each partner in the interaction has something to offer and, as such, is based on the assumption of mutually beneficial learning

is research-informed, often involving collaborative enquiry

JPD does not involve attending courses and is not hierarchical. Instead, it assumes that two or more people support each other’s development through sharing and reflecting on practice, informed by evidence from research.

Some of the main differences between CPD and JPD Read more ►

The student groups

We wanted to involve the students as early as possible in the project.

Cathy’s groups: Beginner/E1 16-18 ESOL group and a Year one Cert Ed/PGCE group.

Cathy got started with her beginner /E1 16-18 ESOL class by taking in a range of images/logos of technologies and asking the students to say whether they did or didn’t have  or did/didn’t use them.

It took longer to introduce the project to the Cert Ed/PGCE group as the students had a range of technologies to become familiar with already. These included the college VLE and the university set e-portfolio system using Google Sites. The group also had a course Yammer page. Cathy felt that the students needed time to get used to these systems before introducing something else new. Read more ►