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Title: The Role of Literacy Work Circles in Developing Professional Community
Authors: Wardrip, Peter
Rose, Ken
Issue Date: Jun-2008
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.
Citation: Wardrip, P. & Rose, K. (2008). The Role of Literacy Work Circles in Developing Professional Community. In Kanselaar, G., Jonker, V., Kirschner, P. A., & Prins, F. J. (Eds.), International Perspectives in the Learning Sciences: Cre8ing a learning world. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference for the Learning Sciences – ICLS 2008, Volumes 2 (pp. 454-458). Utrecht, The Netherlands: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: To address teacher isolation in schools, more reform leaders are finding hope in establishing professional communities as a way to promote continuous school improvement. At the same time, adolescent literacy has been identified as a crucial area to address in the middle and upper grades as part of the reform agenda. Using the characteristics of professional community created by Kruse, Louis & Bryk (1995), we describe the development of professional community of sixth grade middle school teachers implementing literacy strategies across their content areas through a work circle. This particular work suggests that the introduction of a long-term instructional topic, in this case literacy, may contribute to the development of professional community.
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