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Learning Circles

Learning Circles
Creating Conditions for Professional Development

August 1998 | 168 pages | Corwin

"A fine blend of analysis and highly practical advice. Useful for anyone interested in the professional development of teachers as a collaborative learning process."
Stephen Brookfield, Professor
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

Encourage your teachers to form study groups to enrich their professional development programs.

This book shows how "Learning Circles"—small groups of learners who come together to support each other in learning—can make great improvements in the quality of teaching and learning in your school.

Based on six key conditions, teachers form Learning Circles by learning how to:

1. Build "community" with other learners

2. Construct knowledge through personal experience

3. Support other learners in their reflective practices

4. Document reflections on professional experiences

5. Assess growth expectations

6. Improve the culture in classrooms, schools, and communities

Help your teachers see how reflective practice can boost their effectiveness! They can make significant, positive differences in your school by improving how people relate to each other and sharing a vision for change.

Linda Lambert
Creating Conditions
Building Community
Constructing Knowledge
Supporting Learners
Documenting Reflection
Assessing Expectations
Changing Cultures
Re-creating Conditions


"This book was written specifically for the professional development of teachers, and every staff developer and principal should buy one for themselves and all their teachers. This book is ‘cutting-edge’ and a must for all educators!"

Carole Funk Ed.D.
Texas Women's University

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