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Learning People – Learning Schools
Learning people – learning schools

Professional development is crucial for organizational growth and school improvement. The professional growth of teachers and other staff is a key component of developing children's learning. Roland Barthes, a former US principal and well-known writer on school improvement, remarked: ‘Probably nothing within a school has more impact on students in terms of skills development, self-confidence, or classroom behaviour than the personal and professional development of their teachers’ (1990: 49). This is quite an assertion, but the fundamental point he was making has been supported by research and inspection evidence. But how does adult development and learning occur and is there anything different about how adults learn ...

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