Classrooms as Learning Communities: What's in it for Schools?

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Education - 228 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

Classrooms change learning teaching community
8
List of tables
14
List of figures
19
Community more than a warm glow
24
a review
42
practices in classrooms
60
classrooms with
66
creating knowledge
89
Social structure in a learning community
112
observing classrooms as learning communities
169
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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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