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ERIC Number: EJ787737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Collaborative Learning Communities: The Power of Teacher Research and Collaboration
Cheyney, Kristi
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n180 p10-13 Mar-Apr 2008
As a facilitator of professional development for preschool teachers, the author is continually faced with questions related to the great divide between theory and practice. Although most child care professionals learn that developmentally appropriate practices support the holistic growth of young children during their initial training, many teachers feel ill-equipped to implement these practices in their classrooms. Many even feel that school structures (i.e., policies and procedures, curriculum, assessment, etc.) are not set up to support this type of teaching. This article discusses how to support teacher development in a way that allows teachers' knowledge base to permeate their day-to-day practice. The author describes the development of Collaborative Learning Communities (CLCs) as one such area that can be a valuable tool for practical, site-based professional development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A