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ERIC Number: ED480270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1442-603X
Developing Learning Communities in the First Years of School. PEN.
Studans, Lesley
In schooling, a learning community is founded on its members, consisting of teachers, children, parents and people who care. As the person with the professional responsibility for building and sustaining a learning community, the teacher is challenged to attend closely to three key areas: classroom environment, curriculum, and social relationships. A learning community possesses the following characteristics: children work together; children and teachers work together; children and teachers attend to each other; parents are involved in their children's learning; and children are seen as capable learners. Classroom communities can be created through the physical setting, reward systems, communication with parents, displays, community celebrations, and routines. Teachers can become co-learners and collaborators through learning groups and quality listening. Creating an ideal learning environment in the early years of schooling means creating a classroom learning community. (PM)
Primary English Teaching Association, P.O. Box 3106, Marrickville NSW 2204, Australia. Tel: (02) 9565 1277; Fax: (02) 9565 1070; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Primary English Teaching Association, Marrickville (Australia).