Andrews, Dorothy and Lewis, Marian (2007) Transforming practice from within: the power of the professional learning community. In: Stoll, Louise and Seashore Louis, Karen, (eds.) Professional learning communities: divergence, depth and dilemmas. Professional Learning . Open University Press, Maidenhead, UK, pp. 132-147. ISBN 0 335 22031 2
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This chapter reports on the experiences of Australian schools engaging with a process of school-wide revitalization known as IDEAS (Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievement in Schools) (Crowther et al. 2002a) which centers on the work of teachers. IDEAS engages teachers in sharing purpose and developing identity. Teachers engage in a process of professional enquiry that enables them, through language and metaphor, to create systems of meaning which impact on their classroom practice and professional relationships. The professional capacity of teachers to improve school outcomes (such as student learning, relationships with the community, and the coherence of school operation) is enhanced.
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