Networks for Learning: Effective Collaboration for Teacher, School and System Improvement

1st Edition

Chris Brown, Cindy L. Poortman

Routledge
Published December 11, 2017
Reference - 220 Pages
ISBN 9781138244764 - CAT# Y312396

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Summary

Educational researchers, policy-makers and practitioners are increasingly focusing their attention on Professional Learning Networks in order to facilitate teacher development and encourage school and school system improvement. However, despite the understanding that PLNs can contribute significantly to improving teaching practice and student achievement, there are key challenges regarding their use. These challenges include:

  • ensuring PLNs can provide opportunities for generating and sharing knowledge within schools
  • enabling teachers and professionals to direct their own development
  • helping individuals change their practices through inquiry-led approaches
  • facilitating partnerships which work across a variety of stakeholders

In this new edited volume, Brown and Poortman evaluate these challenges from both a theoretical and practical approach. A multitude of perspectives from a team of international contributors covers:

  • the importance of Professional Learning Networks
  • the use of evidence within PLNs
  • the impact of inter-school networks
  • international cases of networks and communities
  • the promotion and sustainability of PLNs

Also featuring case studies and exemplars to contextualise sustainable learning networks, Networks For Learning is an accessible and thoroughly-researched book, which will be essential reading and a valuable resource for researchers, teachers and school leaders who are interested in developing professional learning networks.

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