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

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Routledge, May 27, 2005 - Education - 248 pages
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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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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Classrooms change learning teaching community
7
3 Community more than a warm glow
18
4 Classrooms as learning communities
32
5 Goals in a learning community
50
6 Tasks in a learning community
68
7 Social structure in a learning community
87
8 Resources in a learning community
105
9 Roles in a learning community
118
10 Schools as learning communities
136
Notes
155
References
165
Index
181
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About the author (2005)

Chris Watkins is a reader in education at the University of London, Institute of Education and course tutor to the MA in Effective Learning. He has been a teacher and worked with pupils whose effect on school was sometimes disruptive. For twenty years he has contributed to improvements in tutoring, mentoring, classroom behaviour, school behaviour and learning.

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