Advancing Knowledge Creation in Education Through Tripartite Partnerships


  • Sharon Friesen University of Calgary
  • Barbara Brown University of Calgary



design-based professional learning, knowledge building, knowledge creation, professional learning, teacher induction


The purpose of this paper is to highlight the work of one tripartite partnership with stakeholders to improve and strengthen novice teachers’ pedagogical designs using design based professional learning guided by the principles of knowledge building/knowledge creation. The tripartite partnership involved 450 novice teachers from an urban school division, a practitioner-research university team, and the provincial government. Drawing upon one case, this paper analyzes the ways in which the design-based professional learning mirrored the knowledge building/knowledge creation processes highlighting the ways in which teachers worked in collaborative, collective, and connected ways to progressively improve pedagogical designs for collective knowledge building. Computer supported, networked digital technologies provided a community to develop an audit trail to keep track of progressive improvements and refinements to their pedagogical designs and to support, enable, and enhance knowledge building discourse. Design-based professional learning informed by the 12 principles of knowledge building/knowledge creation provided novice teachers with a process to work collectively as a community, progressively improving and refining their pedagogical designs, identifying the role of their pedagogical designs in their students’ work, and engaging with other teachers in their respective schools.

Author Biographies

Sharon Friesen, University of Calgary

Sharon Friesen, PhD, is a professor in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her research interests include the ways in which K-12 educational structures, leadership, curriculum, and learning need to be reinvented for a knowledge/learning society. She co-founded and led the work of the Galileo Educational Network for the past 25 years.

Barbara Brown, University of Calgary

Barbara Brown, PhD, is an associate professor and Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her research interests include research-practice partnerships, professional learning, and collaborative instructional design in technology-enhanced learning environments.


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