It's about Learning (and It's about Time)

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Education - 218 pages
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The purpose of this book is to re-orient the current agenda in education towards learning. The recent emphasis has been on achieving standards through managing schools, teachers and the teaching process. But the real purpose of schools was, is, and always will be about learning.

In an increasingly complex, diverse and unpredictable world, it is necessary for schools and those working with them to refocus on learning at all levels - pupils, teachers, leaders, the organisation as a whole and all of the school's partners.

It's About Learning is a clear and well written discussion woven with practical examples and strategies. It also includes an annotated bibliography suggesting useful follow-up reading, and the issues are posed as questions for reflection and discussion.


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I came across this book recently while using the university of Bath library. I haven't been able to find it in the uk yet. As a new head I found it a very interesting and useful book. After all this study and thinking about leadership and organisational strategies, it threw me right back into what is important - student learning, and gave me loads of ideas to use with teachers as we move through the new school year.
It is clearly laid out, easy to follow, with lots of useful sections that would support PD sessions in terms of active learning and reflection. For any school which is serious about a focus on learning, this could be a handy tool in bringing everyone on board


Learning about learning
Pupil learning at the centre
Teachers on a learning curve
Leadership for learning and learning
learning together
Enhancing capacity for learning

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About the author (2003)

ANDY HARGREAVES is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He is the author of numerous books including Learning to Change from Jossey-Bass.

DEAN FINK is an independent consultant with experience in more than thirty countries. A former teacher, principal, and superintendent, he is the author or coauthor of five books on leadership and educational change.

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