This comprehensive textbook looks at current issues in learning and teaching across the three key areas of policy, learning and practice. It will help you to think critically on your Education course, and to make connections between the processes of learning and the practicalities of teaching. Contemporary Issues in Learning and Teaching addresses key issues in primary, secondary and special education. The contributors reflect on current thinking and policy surrounding learning and teaching, and what it means to be a teacher today. Looking at the practice of teaching in a wider context allows you to explore some of the issues you will face, and the evolving expectations of your role in a policy-led environment. The book focuses on core areas of debate including education across different contexts and settings, teaching in an inclusive environment, and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for practitioners.This essential text can be used across undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including BEd/BA degrees, initial teacher-training courses, and Masters in Education programs.
Chapter 11: Professional Learning Communities
Professional Learning Communities
Teachers are now expected to contribute to the development and improvement process in schools. The leadership role they are asked to assume is a significant shift in the way schools are organised and makes very different demands on teachers. This chapter explores how that changing role can contribute to the development of more egalitarian and equitable environments for learning for teachers and pupils, through the development of a professional learning community.
Defining a Professional Learning Community
The term ‘professional learning community’ (PLC) is now widely used in education but is often interpreted in many different ways. For ...