Journal of Educational Change

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 83–87 | Cite as

Considering the ethical potential of professional communities

Ann Lieberman and Lynne Miller, Eds.: Teachers in professional communities: Improving teaching and learning. Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York and London 2008, 120 pp, ISBN 978-0-8077-4889-3
  • Elizabeth Campbell
Book Review

In Teachers in Professional Communities, Ann Lieberman and Lynne Miller offer compelling support from the research literature in education and engaging descriptive case accounts from the field to illustrate the clear potential of professional learning communities “for improving teaching and learning for both the adults and students in our schools” (p. 1). This edited book is premised on the argument that professional learning communities that seek to enhance, in a connected sense, teaching competence and teaching community promise significant success. This is in contrast to other teaching reform strategies and policies that traditionally have originated outside of the professional communities of teachers who bear the ultimate responsibility for the deepening of their content knowledge and pedagogical proficiency. Organized around five overarching themes of context, commitment, capacity, content, and challenge, editors Lieberman and Miller’s (2008) discussion of the theoretical and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.OISE, University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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