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By Stephen Kemmis, Jane Wilkinson, Christine Edwards-Groves, Ian Hardy, Peter Grootenboer, Laurette Bristol

This booklet goals to assist academics and people who help them to re-imagine the paintings of training, studying and major. specifically, it exhibits how alterations of academic perform depend upon complementary alterations in classroom-school- and system-level organisational cultures, resourcing and politics. It argues that remodeling schooling calls for greater than expert improvement to remodel academics; it additionally demands primary adjustments in studying and major practices, which in flip capacity reshaping companies that aid academics and educating – organisational cultures, the assets enterprises supply and distribute, and the relationships that attach individuals with each other in businesses. The ebook is predicated on findings from new study being carried out through the authors – the study staff for the (2010-2012) Australian examine Council-funded Discovery venture best and studying: constructing Ecologies of academic Practice.

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In this way, students and their parents benefited from the good will of members of the broader Southwood community. Equally, the broader community benefited from these interactions as they built increased knowledge and understandings of the Southwood School students and their families. Analysis As we have indicated, our analyses of the empirical evidence we collected are in a dynamic reciprocal relationship with the theories we have developed in the course of our research: the theory of practice architectures as a theory about what practices are composed of, and the theory of ecologies of practices which is a theory about how some practices relate to one another interdependently.

This work involved professional negotiation on the part of the consultants who were required to implement particular initiatives and programs at particular points in time by the District, and not necessarily always in ways which would contribute productively to teacher and student learning. However, these consultants also endeavoured to encourage teachers to meet together on an ongoing basis and to undertake their work in ways which would actively challenge takenfor-granted assumptions about their work, in a supportive and encouraging fashion.

The principles of these highly effective learning communities were encapsulated within a policy document which was circulated widely within the District—Our Children, Our Future. This document distilled these principles into what became known as six practices of highly effective learning communities. This document encapsulated a District-wide initiative that had currency for over a decade. Our Children, Our Future became a blueprint for educational action and influenced the development of other programs within the District.

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