Classrooms as Learning Communities: What's In It For Schools?

1st Edition

Chris Watkins

Routledge
Published May 26, 2005
Reference - 244 Pages
ISBN 9780415327800 - CAT# RU2780X
Series: What's in it for schools?

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Summary

In classrooms that operate as learning communities, the social and learning purposes advance together through all participants being involved and engaged in building knowledge. This book demonstrates a new way of seeing and managing classrooms through:

  • an integration of what's best in learning and what's best in the social life of classrooms
  • a vision of the role of the teacher that is more creative and more related to the commitments of teachers
  • a more connected view of schools in contrast to the mechanistic view that currently dominates
  • an answer to the short-term performance pressures of politicians - better performance.

The practice and vision of classrooms that operate as learning communities is presented clearly and  encourages teachers to take steps towards building a more effective classroom with the aspects of learning communities they choose.

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