Transforming practice from within: the power of the professional learning community

Andrews, Dorothy and Lewis, Marian (2007) Transforming practice from within: the power of the professional learning community. In: Professional learning communities: divergence, depth and dilemmas. Professional Learning. Open University Press, Maidenhead, UK, pp. 132-147. ISBN 0 335 22031 2


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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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Awaiting copyright advice. Part of the Professional Learning Series edited by Ivor Goodson and Andy Hargraves.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008 06:47
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2016 01:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional learning community; teacher leadership; pedagogical change; transforming practice; IDEAS; innovative designs; school achievement
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development

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