Creating Community through learning together: What? How? Why? James Underwood, Daisuke Murata, Ryouta Sakamoto, and Tsuyoshi Manoka

This group of poster presentations examined what a community of learning is, why it should be developed, and how it can be maintained from the perspective of a teacher (James) and his three students (Daisuke, Ryota, and Tsuyoshi). Daisuke’s presentation examined how a community of learning could be created at a university and who it involves. Ryota reported on the findings of his mini research project, conducted at the cram school where he worked, that examined his students’s perspectives of what community of learning is. Tsuyoshi’s presentation looked at the various ways the Japanese language school where he worked, tried to create a community of learning between its teachers and students. While the students individually presented their perspectives and research, the teacher acted as facilitator and gathered the audience’s responses to the three questions: what is a community of learning? Why is it important to have? and how can we put it into practice?

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