Personal Narrative as a Scaffolding Tool for Professional Learning and Performance Improvement



21 September 2018




This session introduces the concept of a personal narrative as a scaffolding tool for collaborative professional learning.  This approach may be applied to a group of teachers, nurses, social workers, or other professionals working with people which they have no previous experience of servicing. Often, well-trained specialists encounter groups of population with unknown needs. The training approach presented here is an application of Socio-Cultural Learning Theory to professional adult learning. Session participants will be able to identify possibilities for scaffolding of professional learning and will begin constructing personal narratives as scaffolds applicable to professional learning and growth in their areas of expertise. The approach to be presented is based on the Socio-cultural learning theory. The participants will learn about personal narratives as scaffolding tools by experiencing, analyzing, and constructing them.


Dr. Vera Leykina

Dr. Vera Leykina

Managing Director, Cultural Compass LLC

Dr. Leykina supervises Department of Languages and Support Services for ELLs and Students with Disabilities and teachers graduate courses in teaching methodology. In addition, she is a Managing Director of the Cultural Compass LLC performance improvement consulting company. The proposed session is a sequel for the 2017 ISPI EMEA workshop. She presented in numerous conferences in the US. In March of 2018 she presented at the Organizational Studies conference in Konstanz, Germany.