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Professionalism and Community: Perspectives on Reforming Urban Schools


reviewed by Dick Corbett 1996

coverTitle: Professionalism and Community: Perspectives on Reforming Urban Schools
Author(s): Karen Seashore Louis, Sharon Kruse
Publisher: Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks
ISBN: 0803962533, Pages: , Year: 1995
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In their cogent and informative book, Louis and Kruse argue (1) that teachers who form a professional community will accept more responsibility for students’ performance, work harder to achieve the school’s goals, and become more empowered than teachers who work in the isolated environments typical of most schools and (2) that the development of such a community is possible, though difficult, in urban settings. A professional community, according to the authors, has five characteristics: reflective dialogue, deprivatization of practice, collective focus on student learning, collaboration, and shared norms/values specifically related to professional community and instruction. The evolution of these characteristics in a particular urban setting (although the findings seem pertinent to schools elsewhere as well) is constrained and/or facilitated by certain structural conditions (such as time to talk, school size, physical proximity of staff to one another, interdependent teaching roles, communication structures, school autonomy/teacher empowerment, and ability to control staff... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 97 Number 4, 1996, p. 653-656
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1444, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 2:43:06 AM

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