The experiences of a professional community: teachers developing a new image of themselves and their workplace

Andrews, Dorothy and Lewis, Marian (2002) The experiences of a professional community: teachers developing a new image of themselves and their workplace. Educational Research, 44 (3). pp. 237-254. ISSN 0013-1881


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[Summary]: This paper presents a study of a secondary school in Queensland, Australia involved in an innovative change process called IDEAS (Innovative Design for Enhancing Achievement in Schools). This process of change centres on the action of teachers in classrooms rather than change in organisational structures. Our main findings illustrate how a group of teachers created a professional community though their participation in the process. We found that shared understanding developed through professional learning can impact on action in the classroom. However, the sustainability of this action within the organisation will depend on the established professional community’s ability to create a broader ‘school-wide’ understanding of these new relationships. It will also require developing a new image of teacher, student and their workplace. Through their development of this image, the teachers are in the process of creating a school for students of the 21st century, in line with their vision.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:49
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: school improvement, professional learning community, educational change, enhanced student learning outcomes, organisational learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/00131880210135340

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