Explorations of Educational Purpose

Learning Communities In Practice

Editors: Samaras, A., Freese, A.R., Kosnik, C., Beck, C. (Eds.)

  • Offers ideas for designing and sustaining learning communities in multiple educational contexts, i.e., schools, university classrooms, professional network settings
  • Although there have been multiple theories generated by educators about the importance of learning communities OF practice, there is limited information about learning communities IN practice and the impact they are making in various educational contexts on a national and international level
  • Although much research and theory exists to support that learning communities can be effective for impacting students’ learning, improving education programs, and changing learning in university settings, there is less written about how to actually design and implement such learning communities
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Most would agree that a learning community of practice cultivates social and intellectual development in educational settings but what are the other benefits and what does a learning community actually look like in practice? This book explores such questions as: "Are learning communities essential in education?" "How are they designed and developed?" "What difference do they make in learning?" The book contains contributions of educators who share their research and practice in designing and implementing learning communities in school, university, and professional network settings. It presents their experiences, and the "how to" of these educators who are passionate about building and sustaining learning communities to make a real difference for students, teachers, faculty, and communities. Combining scholarly and practitioner research, the book offers practical information to teachers, school and university administrators, teacher educators, and community educators.

"This is an extraordinary collection of theoretically sound and practical ideas for teachers and teacher educators. The authors present fascinating accounts of down-to-earth practices tested in experience. Priceless!"
Nel Noddings, Lee Jacks Professor of Education Emerita, Stanford University

"This book provides a wealth of information on how learning communities function in practice and, more importantly, how they are sustained over time.  The chapter authors document a wide array of international programs located in different institutional settings, including cross-institutional and cross-national programs. I recommend this book for both university-based and school or district-based educators who are serious about improving instruction based on locally available data."

Renée T. Clift, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"As the title announces, this wide-ranging collection of chapters shows learning communities actually at work, as their members– in schools, universities, and professional networks – describe what got them started and what keeps them going, despite the wider educational community’s general lack of support. Common to all chapters is a strong awareness of the benefits of learning communities not only for the teachers and researchers who share, critique and improve their own professional activities, but also for the students they teach; indeed, in several cases, the authors’ classrooms also metamorphosed into powerful communities of student coresearchers. Thus, for those who have been involved in a learning community such as those described here, the answer to the question the editors pose, "Are learning communities essential in education?" the answer is an unequivocal "Yes." Hopefully, this book will enable others to see why this is so; it will certainly provide guidance for those who decide to embark on the kinds of journey that are so eloquently and persuasively presented in all the different sections of this book. "

Gordon Wells, Professor of Education, University of California, Santa Cruz

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • The Project for Enhancing Effective Learning (PEEL): 22 Years of Praxis

    Mitchell, Ian (et al.)

    Pages 7-18

  • DICEP: Promoting Collaborative Inquiry in Diverse Educational Settings

    Bell-Angus, Barbara (et al.)

    Pages 19-30

  • Pre-Service Teachers and Sixth Graders Explore Social Justice as a Community of Inquiry

    Taylor, Monica (et al.)

    Pages 31-44

  • Lights, Camera, Action! Using Slowmation as a Common Teaching Approach to Promote a School Learning Community

    Hoban, Garry F.

    Pages 45-58

  • Growing Our Own: A Learning Community Partnership between a University and a Public Middle School

    Kessler, Cristy (et al.)

    Pages 59-72

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Learning Communities In Practice
Editors
  • Anastasia Samaras
  • Anne R. Freese
  • Clare Kosnik
  • Clive Beck
Series Title
Explorations of Educational Purpose
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8788-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8788-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8787-5
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7988-6
Series ISSN
1875-4449
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 251
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