Professional learning communities: a review of the literature

L Stoll, R Bolam, AJ McMahon, M Wallace, SM Thomas

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International evidence suggests that educational reform's progress depends on teachers' individual and collective capacity and its link with school-wide capacity for promoting pupils' learning. Building capacity is therefore critical. Capacity is a complex blend of motivation, skill, positive learning, organisational conditions and culture, and infrastructure of support. Put together, it gives individuals, groups, whole school communities and school systems the power to get involved in and sustain learning over time. Developing professional learning communities appears to hold considerable promise for capacity building for sustainable improvement. As such, it has become a `hot topic' in many countries.
Translated title of the contributionProfessional learning communities: a review of the literature
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221 - 258
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of Educational Change, 7 (4:)
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006


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