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ERIC Number: EJ797217
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May-21
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
"Book Study" Helps Teachers Hone Skills
Keller, Bess
Education Week, v27 n38 p1, 15 May 2008
The pairing of books and teachers might seem natural, but it has taken the convergence of at least two trends to move "book study" far up the list for the way teachers spend their professional-development time. For one, many observers are convinced that teachers are obligated to upgrade their classroom skills. For another, the most effective way to do that, according to a growing chorus of educators and experts, is through work on practice located within schools, conducted among colleagues, and, above all, well integrated with teachers' day-to-day work. Enter book study--easily localized and collegial, hugely adaptable. It is also relatively cheap at a time of rising costs and declining revenue. Book study has been used for years by principals to build awareness of directions for change in a nonthreatening manner. Also, book study alone can be used to "promote deeper understanding of concepts and actual transfer of ideas to practice." One appeal of book study, is that it allows teachers to take the lead in informing their colleagues and seizing a moment in the life of a school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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