Creating a community of teacher-learners

Smith, C.M.M. and Sutherland, M. (2003) Creating a community of teacher-learners. Journal of In-Service Education, 29(3), pp. 423-437.

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If we are to create learning communities within our schools that encourage and value thinking, then it is vital that teachers themselves have experience of such a community. This article examines how one particular programme offered by the University of Glasgow seeks to model and create conditions in which teachers are exposed to a pedagogy that promotes thinking as an essential element of the learning experience. This programme offers teachers an opportunity to encounter learning contexts that encourage and acknowledge the importance of thinking time and highlight the centrality of social interaction in the thinking process. It is postulated that without having experienced such a context in the role of learner, teachers may find it difficult to create a community of learners within their own classrooms.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sutherland, Professor Margaret
Authors: Smith, C.M.M., and Sutherland, M.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Pedagogy Policy and Practice
Journal Name:Journal of In-Service Education
Publisher:Triangle Journals Ltd

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