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ERIC Number: EJ801587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0951-354X
Inclusive Learning Communities: The Real Challenges Facing Reform in Malta
Bezzina, Christopher
International Journal of Educational Management, v20 n6 p453-465 2006
Purpose: The school environment in the islands of Malta is experiencing important changes that need to be critically addressed if school improvement and, more importantly, student learning is going to be enhanced. This paper aims to present the education authorities with an introductory review which aims to contextualise the potential networking of schools within the nurturing of inclusive learning communities. Design/methodology/approach: The paper argues that unless the principles of hope, faith, commitment, individual and collective worth are nurtured, networks will not on their own work to bring about desired change. Findings: Whilst a networking reform process has been introduced no review has yet been undertaken in Malta to understand the implications, both positive and negative, that such a reform brings with it. Practical implications: Implications for policy and practice include a thorough understanding of the six components behind the inclusive learning community, the various benefits, tensions and concerns that networks and networking bring with them. Originality/value: This paper presents an introductory review and contextualises the network reform policy within the principles of the learning community. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malta