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ERIC Number: EJ810651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 41
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0737-5328
Critical and Transformative Practices in Professional Learning Communities
Servage, Laura
Teacher Education Quarterly, v35 n1 p63-77 Win 2008
Professional learning communities (PLCs) have been held up as powerful structures for teachers' continuing professional development. In this work, the author has applied transformative learning theory to highlight the psychic risks of collaborative teacher learning, as well as the need for practical efforts to improve student learning--the means of education--to be complemented by critical pedagogy that permits teachers to actively consider the ends of their work as well. The author believes that administrators, teacher leaders and professional development specialists can enhance the sustainability and long-term effectiveness of a professional learning community by providing opportunities within its structure to for teachers to hold open-ended conversations oriented to communicative learning. She suggests that teachers should deliberately direct such conversations to foundational--rather than immediate--educational issues. The goal of such conversations is not to "find answers" or apply solutions in a technical manner, but to find questions--the sort of questions that, over time, may nudge the professional learning community closer to its potential role as a sight of transformative learning for participants. Furthermore, the author hopes that this work will encourage professional learning community participants to look beyond the rhetoric of transformation that characterizes much of PLC "how to" literature, and very intentionally apply a transformative pedagogy to their collaborative learning efforts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada