Socio-emotional dynamics in teacher learning

Dana Vedder-Weiss, Elizabeth Hufnagel, Lama Z. Jaber, Carla Finkelstein, Vesal Dini, Katherine Schneeberger McGugan, Brette Garner, Ilana Horn, Rotem Trachtenberg-Maslaton, Adam Lefstein, Sara Michaels

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The large body of research on teacher learning focuses primarily on cognitive dimensions, often to the neglect of socio-emotional dynamics. Taking a socio-cultural approach, emotions may be viewed as a social construct, entangled with positioning and identification processes, relative to others as well as to ideal concepts of knowing, learning, and teaching. Emotions can be displayed in social interaction both verbally and non-verbally, explicitly and implicitly. This symposium presents four studies using a variety of discourse analysis methodologies to study socio-emotional dynamics in a range of professional development contexts: pre-service teachers in a science content and pedagogy course, science teachers within a blended-online program, math teachers in video-based debrief conversations, and elementary/middle school teachers in school-based team meetings. The findings of the four papers shed light into the critical role socio-emotional dynamics play in teacher professional learning, revealing different kinds of dynamics appearing in a broad range of topics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsMelissa Gresalfi, Ilana Seidel Horn
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467286
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Nashville, United States
Duration: 19 Jun 202023 Jun 2020

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL


Conference14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Discourse analysis
  • Emotions
  • Professional development
  • Teacher learning

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education


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